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Removing Old Adhesive From Bed Cover

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by BizzyB726, Jul 9, 2020.

  1. Jul 9, 2020 at 9:45 AM
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    BizzyB726

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    Before I go for the old razor blade and goof off removal approach. Has anyone gone through this without damaging or changing the paint surface?

    Currently it is very easy to pull away the old adhesive with a fingernail.
    Any recommendations would be a lot of help.

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  2. Aug 29, 2020 at 12:24 AM
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    Anyone familiar with this type of adhesive from an old bed cover?
     
  3. Aug 29, 2020 at 12:32 AM
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    Typically heat and rub and goo gone to remove adhesive. Definitely leave the razor behind.
     
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  4. Aug 29, 2020 at 6:36 PM
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  5. Aug 29, 2020 at 6:38 PM
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    Try Goo Off. I used it on old 10 year old sticker residue on my tailgate. Works wonders.
     
  6. Aug 29, 2020 at 6:41 PM
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    I don't know if this will work but it it is practically free with a low chance of damage. Get a rag, lay it across the goo then pour rubbing alcohol on it and let it sit for a couple minutes then see if you can wipe it off...
     
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  7. Aug 29, 2020 at 6:42 PM
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    Just added toolbox and roof-rack to haul my fishing boat 100's of miles into the backwoods every week. Goodrich K02s, Bilstein 5100 front and back, no lift.
    I have no idea what nail polisher remover would do to paint, but I used my wifes bottle to remove sticky tape residue from my convex stick on side mirrors. Tried a bunch of other products, and the nail polish remover took the glue residue off in seconds. I just dabbed it onto a soft cloth and started to wipe and it came off very quickly. I guess you could test on a small portion of your tailgate. The stuff is really hazardous though, use rubber gloves and in a well ventilated spot. Plus wash the vehicle right away to remove any residue that might affect the paint.
     
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  8. Sep 28, 2020 at 1:59 PM
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    Doobfucious

    Doobfucious I get it. It ain't makin' me laugh but I get it.

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    The strongest isopropyl alcohol you can find. I use 99.998% at work and its phenomenal for removing adhesive. It will also remove all of the moisture from your skin so gloves or lotion afterward will be the right move. High-test like that is hard to find though.
     
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  9. Sep 29, 2020 at 8:51 AM
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  10. Sep 29, 2020 at 6:12 PM
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    Doobfucious I get it. It ain't makin' me laugh but I get it.

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    It doesn't usually dissolve the adhesive like a solvent thins oil, it often makes the glue almost dry up and roll off in little globs. It's also the best thing prep solvent you could hope for when it comes to applying an adhesive tape. It's a fantastic solvent and dries super fast. A perfect example is the ol' standby red 3m double sided tape; a swipe of this with a lint free rag and you're good to go. It's also used for surface prep for window urethane and getting the urethane off of you afterwards. Urethane and butyl, man... while they are incredibly useful and flexible, they are also like car herpes... it gets everywhere and you'll never find the source :laugh:

    Before you go at it with the alcohol, if the glue has any tack left to it, try more tape to pull it off. It's an oddball old school trick. Good for stickers on stuff you just bought like laptops or appliances.

    Isopropyl bonus use: it's the only time I've lit charcoal with no smoke. None. Zero. It's way too expensive to do that on the regular though. You're on your own if you try it, you might lose hair or worse. No joke, there's a reason they don't generall sell higher than ~91% retail, you been warned!
     
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    Don't!!! Nail polish remover is diluted ACETONE. This stuff will strip the paint before you can wash it off.

    Try hair dryer or an oil base solvent. An old credit card can function as scraper.
     
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