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#1 fpullanojr

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 07:03 AM

I used some really old masking tape on my canopy while doing some sanding last night. Of course, when I removed the tape there was a good deal of adhesive residue left on the transparency. It’s ON THERE really well and so far all attempts at removing the goo have failed. I was reluctant to try anything too harsh for fear of ruining the “glass”. I did try some bug and tar remover which didn’t do a thing. Anybody have ideas as to what else I can use that won’t “fog” ,dull, or scratch the canopy. I’m unsure whether the transparent material is lexan or Plexiglas.
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Posted 09 December 2009 - 08:18 AM

Put some kerosene on a rag and start making muscles it will come off eventually. STeve building on (Also not using any cheap old masking tape on my canopy)
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Posted 09 December 2009 - 01:33 PM

Years ago, in some "adhesives industry magazine", read that the "sticky" element in most tapes is based on "pine tree pitch". Have since found that Genuine Turpentine, distilled from pine trees, appears to be the one solvent that dissolves tape residue. But I don't know if it will work on dried out tape, nor if it will attack Plexiglas. Test on a scrap piece of Plexiglas FIRST ! John

#4 Rick Hall

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 02:37 PM

http://www.ridoutpla...resistance.html

http://microadvances.../chemicals1.htm

Turpentine isn't exactly recommended for either plastic (not knowing for sure what the canopies are blown from).

YMMV,

Rick

ps: Forgot to add, you might try an "occlusive dressing". Lay some strips of dampened material (water with a mild detergent (Dreft, Woolite, down jacket soap, ...), then overlay that with plastic film so it stays damp. See if the residue has softened after a day.
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Posted 09 December 2009 - 04:54 PM

Many thanks for catching my error before I caused any harm ! Should have researched compatibility before typing... John

#6 Rick Hall

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 07:50 PM

Am sure we've all used it at one time or another. I look at the 'fuzzy' 10 year old windscreen on ma mo'cycle, then think about the bux and time I'll be putting into my canopy... Rick
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#7 fpullanojr

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 11:54 AM

I ended up using Goof Off 2. It did the trick with very little effort.
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#8 Nate Mullins

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 05:16 PM

Mineral spirits are awesome






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