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    Thread: Removing tape residue from rubber trim

    1. 07-08-2010 06:01 PM #1
      So, the inevitable happened and my passenger side window regulator broke. I had the window taped up for a couple weeks until I could repair the regulator.

      There is tape residue on the rubber trim at the bottom and top of the window.

      Im afraid that products like goobegone will melt the rubber

      any suggestions?


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      07-08-2010 06:28 PM #3
      Lighter fluid is great for getting off the residue and I'm pretty sure it won't harm the rubber. I'd check on an inconspicuous spot just to be 100% but it's always worked like a charm for me.

    3. 07-08-2010 06:36 PM #4
      make sure you light the lighter fluid to get proper removal.
      Edit: but seriously, use goo gone.

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      07-08-2010 06:45 PM #5
      You could take it to a dealer for 858 bucks....

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      07-08-2010 06:55 PM #6
      3m Adhesive Remover.



      This big can cost around 24 bucks, but it works great. You maybe able to find a smaller bottle cheaper.

      Serious post over, we can go back to bagged milk and letting our moms crash into mailboxes now.

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      07-08-2010 07:09 PM #7
      take a little bit of gasoline on a rag, rubs the residue right off. Don't be an idiot about it and you'll be squared away

    7. 07-08-2010 07:11 PM #8
      Believe it or not WD-40 works very well at removing adhesive residues. I've never used it on rubber, but supposedly it's safe for rubber.

    8. 07-08-2010 08:34 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by sudden_970 View Post
      take a little bit of gasoline on a rag, rubs the residue right off. Don't be an idiot about it and you'll be squared away
      I came here to post this. However, don't do this wearing a wool sweater or while holding a long haired cat. Bad things might happen.

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      07-08-2010 09:28 PM #10
      A trick I figured out was to use compressed air on the residue, but turn the car upside down so it sprays out the CO2 vapor (which is very cold). You can use this on glue, tape, anything and it works perfectly Most glues like hot and get stickier when warm, but the instant cold + condensation moisture of the CO2 kills adhesion and makes the adhesive solid.
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      07-08-2010 09:36 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by JRH2009 View Post
      3m Adhesive Remover.



      This big can cost around 24 bucks, but it works great. You maybe able to find a smaller bottle cheaper.

      Serious post over, we can go back to bagged milk and letting our moms crash into mailboxes now.
      If the OP is in California, that's not available, although it is one of the best removers available. Alternatives are



      Or Goof Off #2



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      07-08-2010 09:37 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by JRH2009 View Post
      3m Adhesive Remover.



      This big can cost around 24 bucks, but it works great. You maybe able to find a smaller bottle cheaper.

      Serious post over, we can go back to bagged milk and letting our moms crash into mailboxes now.
      I use this stuff at work. Works incredible and won't harm rubber or paint. Plus that can for an individual will last a life time

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