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whalerdoc posted 05-28-2010 04:03 AM ET (US)   Profile for whalerdoc   Send Email to whalerdoc  
I'm sure most have read the quote "It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others." This is one such instance. In a fit of grave stupidity (weather coming in, a desire to keep plastic over a large area being worked on, no other tape at hand) I used Gorilla tape on my whaler. "Fool"; "WHAT were you THINKING??"; "Only an IDIOT would do that!" I've taken the liberty of providing some suggested opening lines for responses in the thread. Hopefully some will find them useful; perhaps some will be even more creative. Bottom line is I have a TON of residual that is proving particularly painful to remove. So far I have tried WD-40, Sticker off, acetone, alcohol, Flitz on an orbital buffer, and razor blades. So far the razor blade followed by industrial quantities of acetone (you know, when you are using the stuff OUTSIDE and you STILL get a headache) is about the only thing that seems to be working. The problem, aside from the many hours ahead of me with this technique, is the softening of the gelcoat and the occasional gouging of the gelcoat with the blade. So, after saying to yourself ten times over "I will never use Gorilla tape on my whaler!" - does anyone have suggestions on how to remove this residue from gelcoat? Thanks in advance,
macfam posted 05-28-2010 07:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for macfam  Send Email to macfam     
You're not the only one...I did the very same thing two weeks ago. Man, that stuff is unbelievable!!

After trying WD-40, and being gravely disappointed, I used "Goof-Off" that I've had in my garage forever. In fact, my wife saw the price sticker from a store that went out of business years ago. She asked, "How old is this stuff?" It was an old can but still worked great. Most paint and hardware stores carry it because it removes cured latex paint, lipstick, and other tough stains.

Jefecinco posted 05-28-2010 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     

Just went through the same issue with my motorhome. What a mess. I was recaulking the windows and cleaned out all the old caulk before starting the recaulk effort. Due to rain concerns I taped all the seams planning to resume the folling day. A few days later I start the job again and the tape left about 80% of the adhesive behind. That was amongst the top 10 stupidest things I can remember doing.

I tried several approaches. "Goo Gone" was a fairly effective product but the thing that worked best for me was a Turtle Wax product called Bug and Tar Remover. Apply it liberally and let it work for about a half hour. Put some more on a shop towel and start rubbing. The adhesive comes off pretty quickly without spraining your wrist. Change towels as effectiveness wanes.

I was going to try mineral sprits if the Bug and Tar Remover had not worked so well. My can was several years old and thick. A fresh can would probably do better.


flippa posted 05-28-2010 10:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for flippa  Send Email to flippa     
I had a similar problem using Gorilla Tape. Nothing would take it off.

I had sucess removing the residue using lighter fluid that I use to fill a Zippo lighter. The stuff is great for removing tape/stickers.

No smoking or open flames while using this stuff; it's a little flamable.

dscew posted 05-28-2010 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
I used Zinsser Graffiti remover on residual glue that held carpeting down in my cabin cruiser for 32 years. Fabulous stuff, non-toxic, spray on, rest for 20 min, wipe off.
White Bear posted 05-29-2010 06:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for White Bear  Send Email to White Bear     
Perhaps you should contact the tape manufacturer and explain your problem - they may have a solution at hand.

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