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stlmethod
08-31-2011, 10:05 PM
Hopefully I don't get torched here. My rear window regulator shot craps and left my passenger side rear window open a couple of inches. Initially and very stupidly used duct tape to hold the window up. Now I'm looking for a way to get the very tough residue from the tape off of my window. Any suggestions?

Thanks,
J

Ilovemycar
08-31-2011, 10:53 PM
I would try 3M adhesive remover firstly, as my guess. If it doesn't get it off, maybe someone can offer some more powerful substitute.

As you now have figured, this is why we use painters/auto tape with detailing. However, I've learned that even painter's tape can leave a serious residue on certain surfaces if left long enough (I wouldn't know, haven't tried that).

I believe I came by a horror story of someone using masking tape instead of painter's tape when detailing a car. I think some paint might have come off?! That sounds so extreme, maybe I am misremembering.

POof540i
09-01-2011, 07:19 AM
Have you tried Goo Gone? It removes adhesives decently enough. Try not to let it touch anything other than the window though, especially plastic, because it can cause discoloration. If that doesn't work, like Ilovemycar says, 3M Adhesive Remover (commonly found in chain auto parts stores) is stronger and may do the trick. You can spray an applicator with the 3M adhesive remover and then apply to minimize overspray.

dboy11
09-01-2011, 07:23 AM
Have you tried Goo Gone? It removes adhesives decently enough. Try not to let it touch anything other than the window though, especially plastic, because it can cause discoloration. If that doesn't work, like Ilovemycar says, 3M Adhesive Remover (commonly found in chain auto parts stores) is stronger and may do the trick. You can spray an applicator with the 3M adhesive remover and then apply to minimize overspray.

Bingo!

Goo Gone will take it off, use a cotton towel applicator, it gets a better bite with the product

PureImagination
09-01-2011, 07:24 AM
3M eraser wheel. Hooks on to a drill. It will take anything off. Just spray some adhesive remover or goo gone on it 5 minutes before.

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dboy11
09-01-2011, 07:52 AM
3M eraser wheel. Hooks on to a drill. It will take anything off. Just spray some adhesive remover or goo gone on it 5 minutes before.

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The eraser wheel is excellent, if you are debadging a car. It would work o the window but way over kill

brettnyc
09-01-2011, 10:22 AM
+1 on the goo gone

CGdetailing
09-01-2011, 07:19 PM
Since an All Purpose Cleaner haven't been mentioned yet I'll throw this out there.

jfs356
09-02-2011, 05:16 AM
Goo B Gone...

dboy11
09-02-2011, 07:28 AM
Since an All Purpose Cleaner haven't been mentioned yet I'll throw this out there.

An APC won't take it off typically. The glue needs to be dissolved and Goo Gone and or WD40 are the solution in these cases. :D

surf330
09-02-2011, 03:50 PM
If it's on the glass only, alcohol will likely take it off with little risk to surrounding paint.

CGdetailing
09-02-2011, 09:58 PM
An APC won't take it off typically. The glue needs to be dissolved and Goo Gone and or WD40 are the solution in these cases. :D

Oops haha. I forgot this was "duct tape residue" and not your usual masking tape residue which is a lot less gunky. :thumbup: I usually just use Opt Power Clean straight and it will take those bad boys off the trim.