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Old 06-05-2014, 04:08 PM   #1
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Taking Off Adhesive Residue

I'm replacing old boat lettering with new. Easy enough getting off the letters themselves with a bit of heat and a razor, but the remaining adhesive residue is much more stubborn. Today I used acetone, but no real success. Any products available or other suggestions out there?
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:37 PM   #2
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I've used Goof Off with success to do exactly what you're asking.
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Thanks Paul. I've tried Goof Off. Unless there is an industrial strength version of it I'm not aware of, it doesn't even put a dent in the adhesive.
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Taking Off Adhesive Residue

Here is the product and technique demonstrated that I use.



It's a 3M product called an eraser wheel
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Maybe this stuff, then?

Klean-Strip 128-oz. Adhesive Remover-GKAS94325 at The Home Depot
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I've had success with WD-40!
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Acetone evaporates too fast to be effective. Have you tried lacquer thinners or Goo Gone??

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Eucalyptus oil.
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Old 06-05-2014, 07:54 PM   #9
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Taking Off Adhesive Residue

I've had success with WD40 as well but went straight to the power wheel when the OP mentioned no success with the "Goof Off" product in post #3.

Never heard of eucalyptus oil for this Bruce, can you elaborate on it a bit?
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Craig, Eucalyptus oil, distilled from eucalyptus leaves, is commercially available in supermarkets and well accepted here as a solvent for adhesives, and general cleaning. I`m sure it would be useless on epoxy, but for household things, like adhesive labels, it readily removes both label and remaining adhesive which comes off by rubbing with oil on a small area of a cloth. Checking, I saw online it is regarded as an "industrial solvent",whatever that means. Most households here would have a bottle. It may not work on everything, but would be my first choice on adhesive residues and does not harm the surface. Smells nice too.
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I've not tried it myself but have been told that Ronson lighter fluid works very well for that.
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Craig, Eucalyptus oil, distilled from eucalyptus leaves, is commercially available in supermarkets and well accepted here as a solvent for adhesives, and general cleaning. I`m sure it would be useless on epoxy, but for household things, like adhesive labels, it readily removes both label and remaining adhesive which comes off by rubbing with oil on a small area of a cloth. Checking, I saw online it is regarded as an "industrial solvent",whatever that means. Most households here would have a bottle. It may not work on everything, but would be my first choice on adhesive residues and does not harm the surface. Smells nice too.
Koala bums are equally effective. The fur helps break up the adhesive.
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3M also make an adhesive remover. I've also had good luck using Goo B Gone on truck lettering.
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You could use the 3M eraser.But that only really works if the vinyl is still there.I use lacquer thinner. Try to find slow dry thinner if you can.soak a rag with it.Keep an area wet ahead of your work.It will come off without much effort using plastic razor blades. Or you can use a 2 or 3 inch plastic putty knife. The main thing is keeping the area wet.The 3M solvent and acetone just won't do the job.Here is a pic of the eraser.

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3M Adhesive Remover is the best solution (pun intended) I've used.

Not so good that the eraser thingy hasn't got my interest, but good.

Odorless Mineral Spirits works really well on nasty fender that go gooey. Might be worth a try.

Heat (hair dryer strength) followed by MEK is the prep to remove attachments to inflatables and prepare to re glue.

Let us know what you find works for you.
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“Spray on carburetor cleaner” with Toluene in it. NAPA auto stores. Wear rubber gloves. Spray on rag. Wipe adhesive off. Be careful to not soak gel coat for too long – it can get damaged – keep dry rags or roll of good quality paper towels handy to soon remove any excess on surface. After adhesive removed and dry surface... buff surface back up with compound and then a good wax.
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I'm afraid you're going to find that even after the adhesive is gone, there will be a ghost image left behind. It will take time but that will eventually fade away.
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Other earlier threads had me using Easyoff oven cleaner, now that's what I use in the fiberglass shower surround for spring deep clean.
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I just used Acetone. A boat detailing guy told me about it. Worked great. Once I'd done that, he managed to somehow buff out the shadows of two previous names. He didn't tell me the secret on that one (although it's probably just having the right equipment and some hard work.)
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