"Best" way to remove Scotchlite reflective tape?

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  1. duck

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    Have some old dirty stuff on some side cases that I want gone. It comes off in flecks and I don't want to spend three years picking flecks off.

    Anybody here have a PROVEN way to efficiently remove it?
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    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    A head gun will take it off in no time at all
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  3. Geek

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    +1 heat.

    I removed a crap load of it from my cases last year.. warm it up with heat (I used a hair dryer) until the glue softens, then just peel it off (look at the bottom right corner in the photo below.. it was coming off in flecks before I hit it with heat)

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    Hope this helps
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    If you don't have heat, try starting fluid and a plastic scraper. Spray the edges, then small pokes at it, more ether, repeat. ether makes for quick clean up as well of the residue.
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    Most , if not all of them glue residues come off easy with alcool,but not the stuff you drink unless it is Everclear.:wink:

    Methyl Hydrate, soak it into a paper towel, apply to the glue "residues" and wait a few minutes.
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  7. duck

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    Already tried some Goo-Gone and WD-40 but it doesn't seem to want to soak in to the adhesive very well.

    I've got a decent two level heat gun from Wagner so I'll give that shot.
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  8. concours

    concours WFO for 48 years

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    I know what you mean, the reflective material has no vynil backing... like license plate renewal stickers. I've had to use a razor blade scraper... and a little heat. If you are careful, keep the blade as flat as possible, the glue will act like a barrier against scratching/gouging. Good luck, that stuff sucks.
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    Plastic razor blades, soft & rigid, a fine American product.:clap

    No Alcool this time, Rustoleum Wax & Tar remover did just fine on some 3M Adhesive on pastics. Mostly Naphta that Rusto product.

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    Is it really 3m? They make an adhesive remover for the auto body refinishing market. Works very well on glue residue not so much on the vinyl.

    Remove the vinyl with a little bit of heat and an old hotel card key. Then use the spray on stuff. Test it first as its designed to go on surfaces that are being preped for paint.

    Editted after post 11, not the red lable can,

    You want 080908 "Woodgrain and Stripe Adhesive remover"

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    +1 on the 3M Cleaner. Works better than the Goo Gone!

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    ^^^^ Mostly Naphta, just like Rustoleum Wax & Tar remover and all them other pre-painting prep products. Fine products them for anyone painting motorcycle parts. Gets rid of that pesky sillycone.....no fisheyes please!!!:eek1

    Goo Gone sucks, waste of money that Citrus stuff, they try removing SOLAS tape with it at work all the time, big waste of taxpayer's money and time....:lol3 DON'T use "GOOF OFF" on plastics.:huh
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    I've also had bad experiences with GOOF OFF on painted surfaces. You really might want to test first in an inconspicuous area first.:deal
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    Plastic razor blades? Never seen/heard of those. Looks like just what I need for a project like this.:deal
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    Lee Valley Tools I think....Yes:
    http://www.leevalley.com/en/garden/page.aspx?c=&p=53612&cat=2,42194,40727

    Darn place to shop at, all very tempting.:cry But yes some of the gadgets/tools can be used on motorcycles.:wink:

    Very good selection of good zapstraps also...!
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    Xylene won't affect most plastics and is inexpensive. It's also the ingredient in Goof-Off.
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    Eucalyptus oil, allowed to penetrate, will assist in the removal of adhesive labels. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Follow-up: Turned out to be very easy. I'm in the Coachella Valley in SoCal today so I let them sit out in 87 degree sunshine to heat up the adhesive. I used a plastic razor blade to start the edge peeling and then they peeled off easily from there. No heat gun or adhesive remover required.:clap
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    Plastic blades...I really like them. They have many uses such as removing ugly decals on windscreens or paintwork.Or even applying decals on Tool Boxes to get rid of air pockets.:wink:

    Share your source....I am Canadian but do shop in the USAs and I am sure some could be interested.:ear

    Lee Valley Tools good but....everytime I walk out of there that is $200.00 in a couple small bags.:eek1
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    Yeah, I'm sure I'll have lots of uses for them. Up until now all I've had for no scratch scraping is a piece of nylon some mech left in my brother's car when he had the windshield replaced.

    Source: FleaBay
    Item #: 170783078895
    Included: Scraper and blade with pack of 25 extra blades
    Price shipped: $8.29
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