Best solvent for helitape residue?

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  • Best solvent for helitape residue?
  • Soapy water – didn’t even touch it
    Meths – nadda
    White Spirit – removed a few balls of loose gunk, but barely touched it.
    Petrol (well, 100:1 2t mix as it’s all I had) – worked, but still too 15 minutes to clean a seatstay with a microfibre cloth.

    a) WTF is this stuff that peels off when you don’t want it to, but is as sticky as a wrapperless week old boiled sweet left in the car.
    b) What gets rid of it? Would a green scouring pad mark the paint if used in conjunction with petrol?

    Premier Icon somouk
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    A scouring pad will probably mark the paint. You might need a dedicated glue removal product like Autosmart Tardis.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Heating it up a little helps- it tends to roll off when warm. Either that or actually soaking it in isopropyl- not just wiping with a cloth but soaking a rag and leaving it on the bike for a while.

    plus one
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    Gt85 .. Wd40 etc work well 🙂

    Premier Icon notmyrealname
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    Try nail polish remover, usually works with the sticky gunk off most decals and safety stickers!

    Premier Icon CheesybeanZ
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    Tar and glue remover works a treat , just watch out for the fumes 🙂

    Premier Icon nuke
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    Halfords citrus aerosol degreaser…great stuff for removing helicopter tape residue and other household stains

    Premier Icon amplebrew
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    I’ve had success with Mr Sheen polish, it usually works a treat.

    dantsw13
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    Petrol, or disc brake cleaner for me. Baby wipes to finish off.

    Fantombiker
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    Maplin do a label remover, which is a good solvent, should get it off, about £3.50 for an aerosol….

    benslow
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    Nail polish remover has never failed yet …. on anything bike muck related ..

    🙂

    merf777
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    car bug/tar remover

    WD40

    Both should do the trick if you let them sit for a while

    Regards, Paul

    Premier Icon chrisdw
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    Lighter fluid.

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