How does one remove duct tape from a car window?

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  1. cubby1223

    cubby1223 Lifer

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    I didn't go, though a couple friends of mine went down to Bonnaroo last weekend. The one who didn't own the vehicle they drove down in, decided it would be a good idea to tape up a trash bag with duct tape to the car window. I saw the aftermath last night, and it's horrible. :Q (sorry, no pics) The one who put on the duct tape doesn't give a shit about it, but obviously my friend who owns the vehicle does.

    Wondering if anyone here has ever been in this situation and found an easy way to remove duct tape from a car window?
     
  2. xSauronx

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    if its only on the glass, use a razorblade

    if some is on the paint, pull of what you can and try some WD40, or googone. nothing particularly harsh as a remover or itll ruin the clearcoat/paint

     
  3. BoomerD

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    Very carefully with a single-edge razor blade, (the corners can scratch glass if you're not careful) then finish with Goof-Off. Wash the windows very well after you've removed the rest of the adhesive.


    OR, the normal ATOT response would be: Steel Wool...it works GREAT!
     
  4. Gothgar

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    /thread, two perfect answers so far
     
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    1. Smash window.
    2. Replace window.
     
  6. BoomerD

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    That works well too, but is the more expensive option. (and more time consuming) PLUS, they usually use tape to help hold the new glass in while the Urethane adhesive cures, so you still end up having to clean the glass. (although that adhesive is no where near as difficult to remove as duct tape.)
     
  7. SirStev0

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    seconding steel wool!

    really though... orange clean or goobegone and a razor.
     
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    Roll down window...... problem solved ;)
     
  10. cubby1223

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    My first thought was razor blade too, I tried a small area last night, and it was coming off very slowly compared to the large surface area the duct tape covered. Never tried goobegone, I'll suggest to my friend to try it out, hopefully it'll cut down the time immensely. It's all on the glass, none of it on the paint. Thanks.
     
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    oh my...a big crisis...
     
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    goo gone, great stuff
     
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    Sledgehammer.
     
  15. Paperdoc

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    Oddly, with some adhesive residues from tapes, a "more of the same" approach works. You take some new tape and press it down over the glue residue, then pull away. It picks off the glue on the window. If that works, keep doing it, chaging the fresh tape from time to time so you don't re-deposit the loose stuff you just pulled off. If it works, by the time you're done it will NOT be perfectly clean, but the remaining bits will be so small they are easier to remove with a solvent or just water and detergent. Less scratchy than a razor blade, and works best with new adhesive, as opposed to old dried hard deposits.
     
  16. Squisher

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    I think you meant Goo Gone. Goof-Off is for removing dried latex paint.

     
  17. BoomerD

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    http://www.amazon.com/Goof-Off...ver-easy/dp/B00030419I

    "Product Description
    Goof Off quickly and easily removes hundreds of things from sticker residue and chewing gum to oil grease asphalt tar and scuff marks. The Original Goof Off is used by more painting contractors to remove dried latex paint than any other brand. Goof Off quickly and easily removes dried latex paint splatters drips and overspray from furniture hardwood floors finished cabinets paneling windows woodwork carpeting linoleum tile formica vinyl floors many fabrics brick metal fiberglass concrete stucco and more. Unlike strippers Goof Off selectively removes latex paint and not oil-based paints. Goof Off is also excellent for cleaning spray equipment removing paint and tar from automobiles and cleaning tools determining whether existing surface paint is latex or oil based and removing paint from clothes. Goof Off is also excellent for cleaning greasy or grimy surfaces prior to painting. Goof Off removes many other troublesome household stains such as tar glues sticker residue gum adhesives grease oil crayons pen ink and markers. Nothing guarantees success and referrals better than a neat clean job. Goof Off is the perfect choice for a spotless finish. Goof Off quickly and easily removes old dried latex paint "Drips and Splatters" adhesives sticker residue caulk most glues marker and pen ink white correction fluid crayon asphalt tar lipstick chewing gum oil grease scuff marks candle wax printers ink and more!


    I've used this stuff for years. IMO, none better.
     
  18. Mo0o

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    Learn, to use, commas,.
     
  19. BoomerD

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    so,rr,y jus,t cut, and, pasted, from, Amazon,.
     
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    resin scraper, goof off. (not goo gone). Avoid all painted surfaces.