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11-08-2011 03:56 PM
meteuz
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Originally Posted by Snboard976 View Post

I was able to peel off a considerable about of tape using a credit card in one hand to keep it coming up. The credit card seems to be the best scraper.
It's funny how the credit card is the most expedient tool to fix most problems!
11-08-2011 01:27 PM
jfdubu This is precisely why I always use cheap electrical tape for paint lines. It's flexible, hopes a clean line and removes easily. I've had it on my waterline for weeks and it comes off with no residue. $1.00 a roll at Job lot.

John
11-07-2011 10:41 AM
jjablonowski I'd try a product called "Goof-Off" from your local paint store. Based on Xylene and Methyl Carbitol.
11-07-2011 10:24 AM
Beersmith I have to remove blue tape often on my rebuild. WD40 + scotchbrite pad works wonders
11-07-2011 01:01 AM
SloopJonB
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Some of the tape was either scotch or 3m brand, there was some that was another brand. I believe its called painters tape. The fact that it was on a vertical surface made it difficult to soak. The varnish on much of it may have also been a confounding factor.
That's the stuff - Scotch brand IS 3M by the way. The varnish covering would certainly seal it off from the WD40.

If it happens in the future, try peeling a bit up and getting the WD under the tape, on the glue and slowly peel it away, squirting or dribbling it on as you go. I have sometimes had to work my way along like that.
11-06-2011 11:23 PM
Snboard976 Some of the tape was either scotch or 3m brand, there was some that was another brand. I believe its called painters tape. The fact that it was on a vertical surface made it difficult to soak. The varnish on much of it may have also been a confounding factor.
11-06-2011 09:51 PM
SloopJonB
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Just spent 8hrs at the boat and got most of it off. WD-40 Didn't pentrate the tape even with several applications and time. It worked almost as well as the adhesive remover for any residue left behind.

I was able to peel off a considerable about of tape using a credit card in one hand to keep it coming up. The credit card seems to be the best scraper.

The key for me was starting with the easiest parts. If I started with the hard parts the job would have seemed impossible. I also got better when I reached the hard parts.

On the most difficult sections there was no way to avoid using a metal scraper.
Were you using regular blue "multi-day" masking tape, like 3M? I've used miles of that stuff and never been unable to soak it with WD40.

It sounds like you were using something else.
11-06-2011 06:34 PM
Snboard976 Just spent 8hrs at the boat and got most of it off. WD-40 Didn't pentrate the tape even with several applications and time. It worked almost as well as the adhesive remover for any residue left behind.

I was able to peel off a considerable about of tape using a credit card in one hand to keep it coming up. The credit card seems to be the best scraper.

The key for me was starting with the easiest parts. If I started with the hard parts the job would have seemed impossible. I also got better when I reached the hard parts.

On the most difficult sections there was no way to avoid using a metal scraper.
11-06-2011 12:33 PM
svHyLyte
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WD40 removes every unremoveable label, tape etc. I have ever used it on - just let it soak.
Amen. Works every time for us.
11-06-2011 01:16 AM
fryewe
What SJB said...

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WD40 removes every unremoveable label, tape etc. I have ever used it on - just let it soak.
This.

It works like magic.
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