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remove 3M tape residue from topsides & interprotect

I used 3M 2080 "60-day" tape when applying Interprotect barrier coat. Although 3M says the tape leaves no adhesive residue, in my case when I peeled it away the tape left plenty of adhesive gunk on the topsides paint (not awlgrip).

What's the best stuff to remove the tape residue without harming either the topsides paint or the new Interprotect?

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the sun and weather bake it .. try goop off or bumper sticker remover

Never leave tape.. I was taught to peel it when the paint is dry but still soft.. pull it diagonally to the line.

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60 day...That's the silver masking tape, yes? It has worked great for me, but if the tape was old when you got it, it might leave goo. AFAIK all of their tape adhesives are variants on rubber cement and plain naphtha (lighter fluid) is the most effective way to get them off. With a terry towel or other fabric that has some tooth to snag the goo, but won't scratch the paint.

If you call 3M directly--they've got great customer service, they'll tell you for sure what is best at removing it. Try 3M Product Info 1-800-364-3577.
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I found a product call Contractors De-Solvent works wonders on even the gunk left by gorrila (sp?) duck tape. Got it at the local hardware store (ace?). I Don't usually go for 'green' products but this stuff works wonders on all sorts of gunk. Better than the nasties like acetone & mineral spirits etc. Just let it sit for a few moments.
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simple paint thinner is mild and very effective

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3M makes a "General Adhesive Cleaner" designed for your problem. It's listed in the West Marine catalog.
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3M makes a "General Adhesive Cleaner" designed for your problem. It's listed in the West Marine catalog.
+1 on the 3M General Adhesive stuff. I have used it with other 3M tape (not the silver stuff), and it worked very well at removing the gummy stuff.

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Try petrol (gasoline)


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If you look up the MSDS on the 3M or the goo be gone there both petroleum based and the 3M is pretty harsh stuff

Distillates (petroleum), hydrotreated light < 95 64742-47-8 goo be gone




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HYDROTREATED LIGHT NAPHTHA (PETROLEUM) 64742-49-0 30 - 60
XYLENE 1330-20-7 30 - 60
PROPANE 74-98-6 10 - 30
ETHYLBENZENE 100-41-4 7 - 13
TOLUENE 108-88-3 <= 0.76455
BENZENE 71-43-2 <= 0.042475

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3M General Adhesive Remover is no longer carried by my local West Marine -- blocked for environmental reasons -- and a 3M customer service rep told me that it has been or is being replaced by a less fearsome product called "Specialty Adhesive Remover."

In the meantime, I took saillife's advice and bought some Contractor's D-Solve at Ace Hardware. It worked pretty well, although it took a little rubbing. The same company makes -- and I bought -- a stronger version that needs to set ten minutes before wiping off, and that (it says) can remove silicone. That would be nice.
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