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Old Oct 06, 2009, 08:17 PM
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Ideas on removing tape/ sticker residue from a fuselage?

ok, two things.

First, I just got a used supra which had an experimental aircraft sticker on the bottom of the fuse. I pulled the sticker off, but now there is a big sticky spot on the bottom of my fuselage which is attracting all kinds of pet hair etc.

Second, I have a Topaz which i needed to ballast during a contest. Having no ballast tube i used sticky-back lead weights. After the contest I removed the weights and i got most of the backing off, but there are still a few spots where the adhesive backed foam is not coming off.

Any ideas on how to clean up my planes is greatly appreciated
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Old Oct 06, 2009, 08:27 PM
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I use GooGone

http://www.magicamerican.com/googone/products.aspx
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Old Oct 06, 2009, 08:30 PM
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If you have any rubbing alcohol around you might try that. The higher the isopropyl alcohol content the better it will work.
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Old Oct 06, 2009, 08:48 PM
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The above work pretty good , if that doesnt work acetone works , but might also remove paint.......
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Old Oct 06, 2009, 08:52 PM
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WD 40 , once adhesive is removed then I clean off WD with some
windex or equal .
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Old Oct 06, 2009, 10:50 PM
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cigarette lighter fluid

I keep a can of this on hand.. Nope I don't smoke.. .. I get it at Wal-Mart pretty cheap.. Brian
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Old Oct 06, 2009, 11:12 PM
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There is (or was) a commercial product from 3M that's like Goo Gone only much stronger. I forget the name.

A bit of heat followed by light abrasion or at least a rag might help.
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Old Oct 06, 2009, 11:13 PM
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ok, two things.

First, I just got a used supra which had an experimental aircraft sticker on the bottom of the fuse. I pulled the sticker off, but now there is a big sticky spot on the bottom of my fuselage which is attracting all kinds of pet hair etc.

Second, I have a Topaz which i needed to ballast during a contest. Having no ballast tube i used sticky-back lead weights. After the contest I removed the weights and i got most of the backing off, but there are still a few spots where the adhesive backed foam is not coming off.

Any ideas on how to clean up my planes is greatly appreciated

91% isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Works wonders! WAY better than goo-gone and cheap (under $2.00 at Walmart.) Just watch for any paint coming off with it (enamel only, laquer and epoxy paints are fine.)

If you get a bit of color on the rag hit the area with a bit of turtle wax!


* 91% Rubbing alcohol works great at getting covering residue off of covering as well. I use it for general cleaning of my wings after finishing a covering job. Doesn't hurt the film one bit.

** It's also a great glass cleaner, the best in fact. Way cheaper than windex.
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Old Oct 06, 2009, 11:14 PM
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This (http://www.dtep.com/icky.htm) is the stuff I use. I've given bottles of it to some of my clubmates and they agree that it is the best stuff they've ever used to remove tape residue. I've poured it full strength on foam and it had no effect on the foam. It will leave a bit of an oily file after use but it can easily be removed with rubbing alcohol or if you wait overnight, it seems to evaporate. I think if you try it, you'll never use anything else again.
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Old Oct 06, 2009, 11:21 PM
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the best stuff?

cyno glue" kicker". The kicker( accelerater) works the best for me. When 99% of the gooey stuff is lifted, than use alcohol. RB
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Old Oct 07, 2009, 04:44 AM
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I second the cigarette lighter fluid. I used to work in a graphics studio and that's what we used all the time to remove residue adhesive from sticky tape or labels. Doesn't damage painted surfaces either.

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Old Oct 07, 2009, 08:30 AM
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I believe SuperGlue "Accelerator" works too.

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Old Oct 07, 2009, 08:43 AM
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Lighter fluid is Naptha. You can get it in quart and gallon cans at the local hardware or home improvement store. It is a great all around cleaner. I too worked in the printing industry and every I smell it I'm transported back. Much cheaper than the lighter fluid cans.

BTW...CA Accelerator contains Heptane, Acetone, N,N-Dialkyltoluidine. The N,N-Dialkyltoluidine is the accelerator. I think the Heptane would be a great solvent too as it is used as rubber cement solvent. Brings back memories of grade school.

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Old Nov 02, 2009, 09:41 PM
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peanut butter works good as well, especially on smooth glassed surfaces etc.

the oil makes it ball up and come right off, no harsh chemicals and it even polishes the surface
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Old Nov 02, 2009, 11:26 PM
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Lighter fluid is Naptha. You can get it in quart and gallon cans at the local hardware or home improvement store. It is a great all around cleaner. I too worked in the printing industry and every I smell it I'm transported back. Much cheaper than the lighter fluid cans.


Mark


Naptha is, by far, 'THE BOMB' for cleaning off residues. Best part is, it doesn't evaporate too fast.
Wipe on with a slightly wet paper towel, let it sit for a minute, and the wipe again.
It works great.

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