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Removing tape from wood

I purchased a product, which has a sticker attached, and when I try to remove it, I can't remove it easily. What would be the best way to fully remove it?
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post #2 of 15 Old 11-06-2019, 08:15 PM
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Heat gun, start on low. (Or a hair blow dryer, if you don't have a heat gun)
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Denatured alcohol
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Denatured alcohol

That is what I would use.


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That GooGone is pretty super stuff. There is another great adhesive remover, but I cant remember the name. it comes in a can and has a similar name.
But if that dont work, go for the big guns - lacquer thinner, if that dont work try MEK.
If that dont work, try explosives.
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"There is another great adhesive remover, but I cant remember the name."
Goof?
Also WD40 works well but I won't use it on wood products.
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There are 2 parts to answering your question. First thing to consider is the type of agent you will use to remove the tape. What kind of project are you intending to use the wood for? I ask this because an agent like WD40 will do a great job at removing the tape but will leave an oil residue that will penetrate the wood which could be problematic in the final stage of your project.


Denatured Alcohol will remove the tape but you need to be patient with it. It will evaporate into thin air with time but I still lightly sand the area before applying a new finish.

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"There is another great adhesive remover, but I cant remember the name."
Goof?
Also WD40 works well but I won't use it on wood products.
I think that it is "Goof Off".

That said, I would try in this order:
Denatured Alcohol
Acetone (NOT Nail Polish remover, too much other stuff in it)
Mineral Spirits or Paint Thinner
Turpentine
Lacquer Thinner (Although the stuff today has acetone in it)
MEK (This is really very nasty stuff.)

All of the above will evaporate away and the only stuff left would be some of the tape glue. Which can be removed with an additional application of the solvent.

I don't know how Goof Off or Goo Gone evaporates.

With a very sharp chisel, you should be able to remove the tape itself and then a solvent to remove any glue left. I've not tried it but a this point of scraping I would try Simple Green in solution. I don't know if it leaves a residue so be cautious. Simple Green is great on car windows. Which brings up another thought, try some Invisible Glass in the spray bottle.

On non porous surfaces olive oil or Wesson (cooking) Oil works wonders and can be removed with Windex or such.

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wet swab or cloth of acetone can be used to remove, care should be taken that acetone don't treat with wood.
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I think that it is "Goof Off"..................
Yes, that's it. Thanks, noThankyou.
It works very well. Just pour some on a rag and wipe the surface clean. It shouldnt harm a properly finished surface if used as directed on the label. I have used it lots of times.

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I have always used a heat gun. They are cheap at Harbor Freight.

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It's those reseller stickers that are always hard to remove, and the ones you want to keep, well they just peel right off.

Heat gun, gently used to remove just about any stubborn sticker, and 95% of the adhesive. Then go behind and use goof off or whatever to remove the rest.
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All great ideas and advice. Also, tape on tape is something to add to the mix of ideas and methods. Remove as much of the tag as possible then take a piece of tape like a piece of duct tape. Press the duct tape on the remains of the tag and pull it back. Some of the tag will now be on the tape. Do it several or dozens of times and all the tag will eventually be on the tape.
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Naphtha is the answer, will remove the sticker and not affect anything else, it's the preferred cleaner/solvent for guitars and other wooden musical instruments where you want to be careful with the finish. Will also remove waxes and silicone.

Do not use acetone.
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