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    What do youall use to remove crappy masking tape and its gooey residue when it's been left on a couple of weeks too long, outdoors in winter. So far I'm chiseling it off in tiny gooey fragments and leaving a sticky mess. We are talking 100 feet of rub rail. Not having fun.

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    Can't help with the tape, but that's a tasty looking salad you have there.

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    Try methylated spirits, aka wood alcohol.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    16 grit

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    Heat softens many things, and I've found that it doesn't take burning heat, hot water will often do. I remove labels from beer bottles by soaking in soapy water, that glue is intended to be permanent. Paint thinner or kerosene might work. I have used WD40 on duct tape residue, it works well if given a few minutes.

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    A pro painter on a job site told me heat for masking tape removal. Hot water if it can get wet and hair dryer if it can’t. Not heat gun, hair dryer.

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    Don't use crappy masking tape.

    After you use crappy masking tape, spend the money you "saved" and buy some Eucalyptus Oil.
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    Pitch and gum remover as made by CMT. Comes in a spray bottle but you might want to just put it on with a rag. Very effective!
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    I keep a bit of the 3M product in my kit --

    https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-...3194120&rt=rud

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    The good thing is, you will never do that again!

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    Hair dryer to soften the adhesive, plastic scraper to remove the majority of it, any of the above mentioned chemicals to remove residue.

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    Theb3M remover will help, but Toluol will soften it

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    I discovered that blue stuff (tape) last year and intending to use it for everything now... even though I'm a cheapskate, yah, because it's a bit like post it note glue in that you can peel it off and restick it... so you can get double or treble duty out of it if you're careful.
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    Masking tape is available with several different degrees of stickiness, and durability outdoors. Some of them, once they have been painted over and left out in the sun for a few days are almost impossible to remove. You only make that mistake once.
    I like the 3M blue tape the best, it is sticky enough to not bleed under too much and is good for 3 days so I can get two coats of varnish on with a day between coats.
    But there is a new one that I haven't tried yet, claim is 60 days.

    https://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/...ive-matrix.pdf

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    A friend dropped these around today, so I have them, plus petrol, metho and heat to try. And yes, I also used some blue Scotch tape which I happened to have on board. No problems at all with that. Scotch all the way from here on in.

    Thanks for all the ideas.

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    I'm sure those will do it.
    I also remember removing packing tape residue from appliances with vegetable oil and a rag. The oil takes time but it's harmless to the finish.

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    I call it "Blue Tape Season",when the supers and the megas and the Classics come to Antigua for their bright work tune up.

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    on a piece like that i skip the tape entirely and just cut in the paint line with a small trim brush..
    it's slow going but probably not more than all the prep and removal work with tape

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    I knew I'd done this before, removing weathered and sunbaked white masking tape, but for the life of me couldn't remember what I did, it being a decade or more ago. Turns out it wasn't any magic wand deallie though, just warm soapy water, cloth, plastic scrapers and elbow grease/stubborn repetitive application of measured brute force, you know, work... no wonder my subconscious tried to blank it out, LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by coelcanth View Post
    on a piece like that i skip the tape entirely and just cut in the paint line with a small trim brush..
    it's slow going but probably not more than all the prep and removal work with tape
    Yeah I don't know why I masked it anyway really. I'm going to be repainting the rub rails anyway. Completely silly waste of time. Live and learn.

    I cleaned up one side this morning. Now turned the boat around (that's was fun) and doing the other after lunch.

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    Job done. Turned out petrol was the best thing. Gas in the US.

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