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[*] posted on 6-9-2016 at 17:13
Removal of sticky stuff

I have a stereo net encased in plastic. Really the whole thing is polymer. For field work I taped clear vinyl over the nets; they rotate. Now I want to use it with tracing paper and I've been going at the old tape (scotch tape) with MeOH. I'm afraid to try stronger solvents for fear of losing the inked graduations or damaging the surface, If it gets roughed up it won't work as well. I don't know the plastic. If I did I wouldn't be asking. I could try various solvents along the edge somewhere. Before I do that I'd like to now whether other have been in similar situations and if so if something worked and what it was. I'll try a few detergents before more solvents. Thanks in advance, CRX

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[*] posted on 6-9-2016 at 17:21

When it comes to sticky stuff Kerosene always works for me, try a small area first

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[*] posted on 6-9-2016 at 17:51

Vegetable oil.

This is definitely a "Life pro tip".

Olive - peanut - whatever - its great for all kinds of sticky tacky gluey label stuff - coat it on - rub it in - and wait. Hours are better than minutes, and days better again - dont be afraid to reapply, and when everything is soft enough, wash it off with warm water. Very effective and very gentle to almost all surfaces.

*I'm a fanatical re-cycler of jars, bottles and other containers.

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[*] posted on 7-9-2016 at 04:26

goo-gone or D-limonene I heard works well.
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[*] posted on 7-9-2016 at 09:20

I would be very careful if there is exposed ink,
... kerosene for example easily removes many inks,
other solvents may deteriorate the plastic,
isopropanol is mild enough for plastics and most inks,
but I did once remove blue ink from a fascia with it :mad:
the safest is water and mild detergent but check the manufacturers literature and website first.

Remember ... if all else fails, read the instructions.

P.S. had to google 'stereo net' ... probably not for me in this lifetime

[Edited on 7-9-2016 by Sulaiman]

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[*] posted on 27-9-2016 at 17:23


Do this all of the time with books.

Best solvent....lighter fluid! Handy dispenser.

Sold everywhere. Dries fast, stain-free, and odorless. Works well on tape and sticker adhesives.
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[*] posted on 27-9-2016 at 17:57

Have you tried checking with the good folks at 3M? Bet they've got scotch tape adhesive removal advice somewhere on their site.

What I would try first would be dishwashing liquid WITHOUT water. See if it'll break the glue down with light scrubbing, then only add water after it emulsifies the glue. This works with a lot of highly polar kinds of gunk.
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