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Re: Remove your masking tape!
Mineral OIL and mineral SPIRITS are two different things. Both can help remove old tape but mineral oil will leave an oily residue that may be nearly as troublesome as the tape. Mineral spirits will dissolve most tape residue and leave very little behind if you clean it well. Mineral spirits is pretty flammable, mineral oil, not so much.
Mineral spirits is a solvent that will dissolve the tape residue and let you mop it up with a rag or paper towel. Unfortunately, it will also dissolve some paints and damage some plastics. So, test some on the same type of surface you are planning to use it on before you make a major commitment and find that your shiny topside paint is dissolving and headed for the bilge or worse yet, into the water where it can mess up other things.
Mineral Oil is an oil that will keep the adhesive from sticking to itself or anything else. There is some solvent action but not much.
Mineral oil is available in medical grade from any pharmacy. It can also help release stuck up sailors if that is a problem.
Mineral Spirits is available from about any paint or hardware store.
Last edited by OPossumTX; 05-08-2013 at 06:28 PM.
Reason: To add caution about some paints.