Ventshade tape removal mess

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by marx404, Feb 20, 2005.

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    marx404 Guest

    I am removing the Ventshade wind deflectors that the orig. owner of my "new"
    '02 SC2 had put on . I removed the shade part and now am encountering messy
    messy 3M tape which is on the rubber upper molding of my windows where they
    were mounted.

    What a mess. What is the best way to safely remove the tape and goo without
    harming the rubber? (I already tried 3M adhesive remover, made more of a
    mess and seems to be harming the rubber molding). grrrr.
    marx404, Feb 20, 2005
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    blah blah Guest

    Try lighter fluid.
    blah blah, Feb 20, 2005
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    Keith Surber Guest

    Naptha may be the ticket.

    Keith Surber, Feb 20, 2005
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    Bob Shuman Guest

    You need to find the right solvent. Others have made some good suggestions.
    Other things you can also try using are citrus-based engine
    degreaser/cleaner, WD-40, mineral spirits, turpentine, alcohol, and acetone.
    Be careful with some as they can absolutely destroy certain plastics.

    Bob Shuman, Feb 20, 2005
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    tom Guest

    Typically in the past, I've had success with wd-40 and a roll of paper


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    tom, Feb 20, 2005
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    marx404 Guest

    Thanx all, great suggestions and I used most of them all. Here's what
    eventually worked:

    Soaked a rag in Air Intake cleaner, wiped and let soak. This loosened the
    lower layer of adhesive and helped in breaking up the upper foam mess.
    Then wiped with lot of Simple Green and let soak. I was able to get most of
    it with a plastic paint scraper, the bad parts I had to get with a thin
    metal butter knife which had a smooth edge.
    I finished off the last of the adhesive with WD40 and let soak in, then
    wiped more in and let it permeate the rubber to put back some of the oils
    that all this may have removed.
    Washed the car and then applied Mothers Back to Black on the rubber.
    Not the most smooth surface, but good enough that I can put a new Ventshade
    back on.


    marx404, Feb 21, 2005
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    Canuck1 Guest

    If lighter fluid dosen't work try lacquer thinner.
    Canuck1, Feb 21, 2005
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    tom Guest

    tom, Feb 22, 2005
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