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Old 03-28-2019, 03:19 PM   #1
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Masking Tape Removal?

Anyone have a really good and hopefully quick way to remove OLD masking tape from stainless steel trim? Picked up a few pieces for my current project that has masking tape on it that is probably at least 30 years old and really HARD. Thinking of soaking it with a wet rag and keeping it wet for several days. Don't want to take a chance on scratching the stainless. Never ran across trim with masking tape on it this old before, usually a bit of brake clean and some rubbing with a cloth has worked for me in the past.
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Old 03-28-2019, 03:28 PM   #2
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Re: Masking Tape Removal?

I think soaking it is a good idea. If that doesn't work well you can try using a heat gun.
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Old 03-28-2019, 03:50 PM   #3
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Re: Masking Tape Removal?

3m makes a good adhesive remover...
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Old 03-28-2019, 07:55 PM   #4
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Re: Masking Tape Removal?

WD -40 or any type of oil even vegetable oil will soften the glue
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Old 03-28-2019, 08:49 PM   #5
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Re: Masking Tape Removal?

I would try wrapping it in cellophane after soaking it in a good penetrating fluid....NOT WD40! Leave it a week or so and test it.
The solvents should dissingrate the old tape enough to soften it to scrape it off with a plastic tool.
Don't worry too much about damaging the stainless as it can be polished and repaired easily as it's very durable and hard. Not at all like chrome.
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Old 03-28-2019, 09:11 PM   #6
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Re: Masking Tape Removal?

why not wd-40 ,it seems to work on gluey scissors and such
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Old 03-29-2019, 07:33 AM   #7
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Re: Masking Tape Removal?

Thatís one of the things I love about SS it is solid metal not plated and youíll probably want to have it polished to freshen it up when youíre done getting the tape off
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Old 03-29-2019, 12:22 PM   #8
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Re: Masking Tape Removal?

Thanks for the replies, think I will wrap some water soaked rags around it and then cover that with some cellophane to keep the moisture in. See how that works after several days and then maybe try something a bit harsher. Will report back with how it works out.
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Old 04-05-2019, 01:04 AM   #9
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Re: Masking Tape Removal?

I have had good luck with goo be gone

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Old 04-05-2019, 05:01 AM   #10
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Re: Masking Tape Removal?

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Originally Posted by mongocanfly View Post
3m makes a good adhesive remover...
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WD -40 or any type of oil even vegetable oil will soften the glue
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I have had good luck with goo be gone
all good suggestions, I use goo gone in the house, wd40 in the garage, and 3m at work for similar tasks..

key is dissolving the adhesive so it can be easily wiped clean without harsh mechanical scraping or rubbing..

for the naysayer on wd40 cleaning stainless, just google it, popular remedy for many ss applications..

I as well as many others I've worked with have used wd40 to clean our stainless steel tops, drawer guards and paint..

if it wasn't absolutely safe, we wouldn't be hosing down our $10,000+ tool boxes

this box is about 20 years old and still shines like new..been bathed in gallons of wd40 over the years



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Old 04-05-2019, 07:02 AM   #11
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Re: Masking Tape Removal?

To the wd40 endorser, wd40 evaporates which would dry out while trying to soak the 30 year old mummified tape so that it would soften it enough to remove it.
Glad you like wd40 but it's not a cure all.
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Old 04-07-2019, 06:34 PM   #12
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Re: Masking Tape Removal?

hmmm, the wd40 won't evaporate before dissolving the adhesive and it will soak through the dried up tape backing..

using wd40, goo gone, 3m adhesive remover, etc. is not a soak for days and come back to it, they all work fairly quickly..

let them soak a couple of minutes, gently wipe, rinse, repeat until it's all gone.. no need to leave any of it on there for days..

and while I agree, wd40 is not a cure all, but it is a great tool for cleaning stainless steel

it's also widely known with several articles published..

How to Remove Sticky Residue from Stainless Steel

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Using WD-40
WD-40 is a handy product known for making adhesive removal a breeze. Even better, itís not only safe for stainless steel, but it will provide a beautiful polish!
so in conclusion, while it may not be your preference, it's not necessary to advise against it
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Re: Masking Tape Removal?

Didn't realize WD40 had such a loyal following...didn't mean to offend, my sincere apologies to all.
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Old 04-07-2019, 09:58 PM   #14
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Re: Masking Tape Removal?

not offended, just the facts.

The most popular household & personal care brands in America

see #10

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WD-40 is the 10th most popular household & personal care brand and the 34th most famous. WD-40 is described by fans as: Good quality, Reliable, Good value for money, Useful and Trustworthy.
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Old 04-08-2019, 04:08 AM   #15
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Re: Masking Tape Removal?

I know a guy who uses WD-40 for arthritis. It may be a mental thing for him but he swears by it. Go figure?

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