Masking Tape Residue Removal??

Discussion in 'Painting Questions, Tutorials and Guidebooks' started by Vengeance, May 6, 2014.

  1. Vengeance

    Vengeance Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2012
    Messages:
    87
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Occupation:
    Musician/Student
    Location:
    Melbourne
    Hi Guys,
    Long time lurker, fairly new to forum posting, but I have a question that needs answering.:?:

    I've found masking tape (tamiya brand) glue residue on my paint work after removing the tape. My first reaction was to try and dab some thinners with a cotton bud on the said residue in an attempt to remove it however a voice deep in the back of my head screamed "STOP. You will damage your beautiful paintwork!!!" So I'm wondering what would work, Isopropyl Alchohol? Eucalyptus Oil? Hot Water?? I'm not sure so I though I'd throw it out to you guys!!

    Any assistance would be appreciated!! :confused:
     
  2. Aaron Brooks Wolters

    Aaron Brooks Wolters Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2007
    Messages:
    15,723
    Likes Received:
    339
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Auto Restoration
    Location:
    Abingdon, VA.
    I have used Goo Gone. Sparingly mind you and it works pretty good. The trick to not leaving tape residue is not to leave it on the model any longer than absolutely necessary. Just make sure that if you use the Goo Gone, that it is dry before you lay any paint down. And you might go back over said area with a water dampened lintless clothe to remove any residue from the goo gone. I have also used 3M's Adhesive Remover but again, use it sparingly. It is more paintable.
     
  3. Vengeance

    Vengeance Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2012
    Messages:
    87
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Occupation:
    Musician/Student
    Location:
    Melbourne
    Thanks for swift response Aaron, never heard of that product, not sure if shops over here stock it, will keep it in mind as a last resort!
    Was hoping for a home remedy type answer, surely there is something in my laundry or back shed or other household cupboard that would work!
     
  4. vikingBerserker

    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2009
    Messages:
    24,091
    Likes Received:
    656
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Korporate Kontrolleur
    Location:
    South Carolina
    What kind of paint did you use?
     
  5. mikewint

    mikewint Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2010
    Messages:
    5,686
    Likes Received:
    431
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired and living on the dole
    Location:
    Lakeview, AR
    WD-40 on a Q-tip but sparingly and you'll need the alcohol to then remove the WD-40 oil. Next time try FROG TAPE (Green painters tape) if you can find it in Oz. No residue and the adhesive reacts with paint to form a seal so no paint creep.
    Masking tapes "dry out" with time best to store them in plastic zip-lock bags
     

    Attached Files:

  6. vikingBerserker

    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2009
    Messages:
    24,091
    Likes Received:
    656
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Korporate Kontrolleur
    Location:
    South Carolina
    Would that not dissolve acrylic paint though?
     
  7. Vengeance

    Vengeance Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2012
    Messages:
    87
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Occupation:
    Musician/Student
    Location:
    Melbourne
    Viking, I use Enamels, a mix of brands, mainly Humbrol, that's why thinners was a no go.
    Thanks for the reply Mike, will try the WD-40 and Alcohol method see how it goes,
    Anyone else got a home remedy, maybe we can get a list of good methods, tried and true!!
    Thanks for help so far, I'll let you know how it went!!
     
  8. vikingBerserker

    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2009
    Messages:
    24,091
    Likes Received:
    656
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Korporate Kontrolleur
    Location:
    South Carolina
    Cool, just remember WD-40 contains a lot of solvents so if you go that route, make sure you test it out first. I have had it darken light colored paint but Mike might have been better at it than I was.

    Either way, GOOD LUCK!
     
  9. N4521U

    N4521U Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2009
    Messages:
    8,633
    Likes Received:
    224
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    reduced to all around slobbing
    Location:
    Miranda, NSW
    First try a bit of masking tape to pick up the residue. Holding the tape around one finger, press the tape on the reidue and lift quick, just dabbing at it bit by bit!!!!!!
     
  10. stona

    stona Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2009
    Messages:
    7,534
    Likes Received:
    948
    Trophy Points:
    113
    I remove any residue from enamel paints with a cotton bud moistened with meths (methylated spirits). You won't need to overwork it and shouldn't damage the paint.
    Cheers
    Steve
     
  11. Vengeance

    Vengeance Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2012
    Messages:
    87
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Occupation:
    Musician/Student
    Location:
    Melbourne
    Thanks for the advice guys,
    Will try the masking tape method first (I'm guessing its sorta like removing lint from a jumper type technique) see how that goes and save the Metho method for back up!
    Cheers again guys!
     
  12. mikewint

    mikewint Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2010
    Messages:
    5,686
    Likes Received:
    431
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired and living on the dole
    Location:
    Lakeview, AR
    Methylated spirits or denatured alcohol is a mix of methyl (wood) alcohol and ethyl (grain) alcohol the vapors are HIGHLY flamable so exercise care and keep well ventilated and away from ANY ignition source (e.g., hot water heater in a basement). I think that you are going to find that you need something oil based. Plain old cooking oil works as well and there are no solvents to worry about. Again use the alcohol to remove the oil residue
     
  13. Wurger

    Wurger Siggy Master
    Staff Member Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2005
    Messages:
    47,757
    Likes Received:
    1,538
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A retired military Navigator/ATC, FIS controller
    Location:
    Poland
    And therefore smoking isn't recommended as well. :lol: So I would suggest using an ordinary white ereser..

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Airframes

    Airframes Benevolens Magister

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2008
    Messages:
    47,719
    Likes Received:
    1,421
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Cheshire, UK
    Yep. And to prevent residue in the future, pull a length of tape between finger and thumb, whilst exerting pressure on the tape. This will remove some of the excess 'tack', and prevent it remaining on the surface.
    Given the enamel paint has hardened properly, if the eraser doesn't remove the adhesive residue, and it should, then a soft cloth, dampened with thinners, meths or even lighter fluid, quickly and lightly rubbed over the area,should do the job without damage.
     
  15. N4521U

    N4521U Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2009
    Messages:
    8,633
    Likes Received:
    224
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    reduced to all around slobbing
    Location:
    Miranda, NSW
    yep like removing lint...........
    and no matter how fast you do it,
    it will not burst into flames!
     
  16. Rogi

    Rogi Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2011
    Messages:
    2,161
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    38
    I usually use the tape method, re-dabbing it and seeing if it removes anything,

    Then I prepare a 9 water to 1 hand soap ratio and use a coton bud to dab at the residue, usually it is gone by then :D
     
  17. mikewint

    mikewint Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2010
    Messages:
    5,686
    Likes Received:
    431
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired and living on the dole
    Location:
    Lakeview, AR
    Bill, except you could get electrocuted! Try pulling some off in a very dark room but wait a bit for your eyes to adapt before you try it
     
Loading...

Share This Page