Tape Residue Cleanup Cape Fear Build

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SMilliken
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Tape Residue Cleanup Cape Fear Build

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I used duct tape to mask my touch up work on the hull seams. Tape was on for about 8 hours but left a lot of residue. Lots of elbow grease got most of it, but there are still a few spots that are troublesome. I've tried acetone and paint thinner (separately) but it's still there. Is there a safe solvent that will get this off or is scraping the only remedy? "Out, out, damned spot!" :|

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Fishcarver
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Re: Tape Residue Cleanup Cape Fear Build

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Try some lighter fluid
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Re: Tape Residue Cleanup Cape Fear Build

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The best thing I've found for glue stains is solvent naphtha, also sold as mineral turpentine, turpentine substitute, white spirit or dry cleaning fluid. These may be slight variations but are essentially similar. The lighter fluid as suggested by Fishcarver may be part of the same family but I'm not sure.
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if you get some naphtha take same precautions you would with gasoline.
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Re: Tape Residue Cleanup Cape Fear Build

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Thanks, all. The lighter fluid (and a bit of scraping on the tough spots) did the trick. I wanted to be careful with the solvents in case something got into the uncoated wood that would cause bonding issues with the epoxy. I got the outside seams glassed by Sunday evening- looking a lot more finished already. Will try to post more pics in the builder's log in a day or so. Too much work and not enough boatbuilding.
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