How can I remove sticky tape residue?

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How can I remove sticky tape residue?

Postby patricktaylor » 23 Jul 2009, 11:00pm

I've removed a Sigma bike computer from my handlebars, including the plastic mount that was clamped on to some sticky tape supplied with it for holding it steady. Now, there's a rectangle of black fluffy residue left on the bars from the tape, and it won't rub off, even when soaked in nail polish remover.

I would welcome suggestions on how to get this residue off. It's the most stubborn example I've come across - much worse than the stupid irremovable labels B&Q put on their wood products.
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Re: How can I remove sticky tape residue?

Postby stewartpratt » 23 Jul 2009, 11:01pm

Angle grinder ;)

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Re: How can I remove sticky tape residue?

Postby jochta » 23 Jul 2009, 11:11pm

DIY stores sell a product called Sticky Stuff Remover which comes in a squirty liquid type plastic bottle. It works really well on sticker residues on paintwork etc. and might be worth a try.

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Re: How can I remove sticky tape residue?

Postby DaveP » 23 Jul 2009, 11:12pm

Try other solvents - sometimes one that is perceived as being less potent can work better. White spirit, WD40 are doubtless to hand...
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Re: How can I remove sticky tape residue?

Postby paragonman » 23 Jul 2009, 11:52pm

WD40
it works

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Re: How can I remove sticky tape residue?

Postby Edwards » 24 Jul 2009, 8:25am

You could try Engine oil or 3 in 1type. Apply all over the tape then leave to soak in. When the glue has softened gently scrape of using something that will not scratch the bars.
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Re: How can I remove sticky tape residue?

Postby kevinn123 » 24 Jul 2009, 8:43am

surgical spirits is good for getting rid of sticky stuff too

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Re: How can I remove sticky tape residue?

Postby fredkite » 24 Jul 2009, 8:48am

White spirit or WD40 + toothbrush + plenty of elbow grease

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Re: How can I remove sticky tape residue?

Postby Mick F » 24 Jul 2009, 9:03am

Spray furniture polish is good, but WD40 would be my first shot.
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Re: How can I remove sticky tape residue?

Postby Deckie » 24 Jul 2009, 9:20am

I don't know if it would work in this case, but one of the most effective ways of removing the residue from sticking plasters on skin is to rub butter in. This also works for any oil based stains on skin including creosote or Swedish Oil. SOunds revolting, but works. As the butter melts the oils are very light plus there is th enon oil content that holds the substance.

Worth a try.
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Re: How can I remove sticky tape residue?

Postby gilesjuk » 24 Jul 2009, 9:24am

Scotch-brite eraser? if it's unpainted, thinners or petrol.

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Re: How can I remove sticky tape residue?

Postby patricktaylor » 24 Jul 2009, 9:53am

That's amazing - WD40 (actually GT80). It came off.

Thanks for all the suggestions.