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    New question here. removal of old tape & residue

    I have 3 seasons of proective tape that I want to remove from my frame....and if I'm lucky enough to peel it away...it leaves a tacky residue.
    What's the best way to remove all this stuff?
    I used nail polish remover in the past...but that was like 3 years ago.
    Is there anything else that I can wipe on the frame and help with the mess?

    THANK YOU!

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    Use some Naphtha. I actually was doing the same thing to my frame earlier today. Just put some on a rag and it'll come right off. It won't damage the frame either (at least for painted and powder coated frames, I don't know about anodized frames though. I'm sure it'd be fine)

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    bestine (rubber cement solvent) works great.
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    frame cleaning

    Quote Originally Posted by arkon11 View Post
    Use some Naphtha. I actually was doing the same thing to my frame earlier today. Just put some on a rag and it'll come right off. It won't damage the frame either (at least for painted and powder coated frames, I don't know about anodized frames though. I'm sure it'd be fine)
    ok...my frame is actually polished, so I need to remove the residue and stickers...then buff out with some chrome polish (or something similar).
    Where can I get this Naptha??
    I'm going to Auto Zone tomorrow to buy oil for my car...is this available there??

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    Goo Gone, available at Home Depot or Lowes.

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    Yup! Goo Gone...Walmart has it too.
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    ... and if we just ... bestine

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    bestine (rubber cement solvent) works great.
    available at Home Depot?

    I'll be selling a SC VP Free when I clean her up...want to add to your SC collection??

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    Gasoline, works like a charm! Then just polish.

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    WD-40 works great for me.
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    Acetone does, too. Don't use it on paint though..
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    Mitho does not leave an oily residue but is not as strong as turps or Gasoline.

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    You can get Naptha at pretty much any hardware store. It's useful for getting residue off pretty much anything, works better than goo gone, and doesn't smell all fruity :-p

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    WD-40 is the best thing I've used. Won't harm paint or carbon, cost is minimal, easy to find.
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    Ok here we go!

    Acetone-Evaporates sooo fast, kills polyester resins (Not composite safe) treat with respect.
    MEK, Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone-THIS IS MEAN ****!!!! It eats everything! (composites included) This is good stuff, nd has it's place...but use outside, let rags evap outside before throwing them away, do not smell or spill on yourself...melts gloves. a bit strong for around the house. Not for amateurs!
    Lacquer thinner-High solvent! will melt some plastics. My favorite! Treat with respect.
    Mineral spirits/Stoddard solvents-Weak solvent, readily available, safe on almost all surfaces. Very safe
    Denatured alchohol-weak but sometimes works better on adhesives than the above listed. Super safe


    The "exotics" expensive and limited in use.
    Naptha-paint thinner, keeps fish-eye and runs from appearing when spraying, midrange solvent...not great on adhesives.
    Xylene&Toluene- (for our purposes basically the same thing; Toluene evaporates faster) basic paint thinners ok solvents...pretty safe but ill suited to most tasks.

    Go to the nearest Tractor supply or farm store, big diversity at low low prices, or Lowes/HomeDepot and buy Kleanstrip brand.

    Laquer thinner works for paint prep and all sorts of cleaning. Mineral spirits is so weak it takes forever to make any headway and MEK kills flys that pass through the fumes...so I'd pick from those 3 depending on how safe you'd like to be. if you have kids don't buy MEK. lacquer thinner is a nice mid-range, there should be a can in every garage.

    P.S. WD40 is like 73%-80% mineral spirits by volume the rest is the aerosol propellant and a thin water displacing oil. Gas and kerosene/white gas work as well. ALL SOLVENTS ARE SUPER FLAMIBLE!!!!!!!!
    If you leave any solvent in the sun/near heat they will either evaporate away or swell the can. Be careful!

    Now you know.
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    lesgahal, why isnt bestine or unseal (heptane) on your list? its is an adhesive release (for oil-based adhesives like most adhesive patches and stickyback velcro) and it usually wont hurt paint. its what I use and its never hurt good powdercoat. can maybe found at art supply/picture framing shops (im a picture framer and its what i use to clean sprayglue and tape residue). Be careful though its very toxic, noty as bad as naptha or acetone tho. do it outside!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeriderB View Post
    available at Home Depot?

    I'll be selling a SC VP Free when I clean her up...want to add to your SC collection??
    How much, what color/size? i ride medium.
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    Heptane...

    I've only used heptane once in my life, I' was told since it's a non-poloar solvent it doesn't dissolve oils as readily? I really don't KNOW much if any about it and felt/feel unfit to advise regarding its use given my lack of personal experience.

    Naptha can cause cancer after long term exposure but it's pretty safe...it should be noted that Naptha is different on a manufacturer to manufacturer basis (this is true of most solvents) some are more hazardous than others.

    Hazardous is a relative term, Guys who spray chopped glass in boat shops down in Florida dip their arms in buckets of acetone to clean the resin off their skin, they tell me its safer than water, mothers in California cringe to smell mineral spirits, they can "smell the cancer," so they make a scent free version to sell to Californians. (given if you knew what went into most cosmetics, solvents are the least of their worries) Rule of thumb on chemicals...If it scares you, stay away from it!

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    goo

    Quote Originally Posted by pcmark View Post
    Goo Gone, available at Home Depot or Lowes.
    picked some up...
    Do you spray it on the residue and tape and leave it for awhile to set in?
    Some of my protective tape is on there pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwyooaj View Post
    How much, what color/size? i ride medium.
    not sure on the price yet...still have to finish taking the parts off.
    It's a medium, and it's polished.
    I'll be listing it once it's all set.

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    I've tried just about verything I could find, and this seems to work best more often than not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeriderB View Post
    picked some up...
    Do you spray it on the residue and tape and leave it for awhile to set in?
    Some of my protective tape is on there pretty good.
    Leave it on for a minute then use a dry cloth to wipe off. You can rinse later to get the greasy feel off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cadwiz View Post
    WD-40 works great for me.
    X2

    I use the WD 40 with a rag. Then finish with isopropynol.

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