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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question How to remove carpet tape adhesive

I had to make a new table saw insert today for a dado set.

I used double-sided carpet tape to hold the cast insert to the new hardwood insert.

I used my new 1/2" x 1-1/4" CMT flush-trim router bit and it turned out almost perfect.

However, after prying the cast insert off the new insert the adhesive is stuck to the cast. I mean really stuck! (There is a side story about having to unscrew the set screws after finding out they interfered with the router.)

I tried mineral spirits and then lacquer thinner but neither worked.

How do you remove the adhesive? Any tricks of the trade?
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Goo-Gone.



Homax GG12 Goo Gone - 8 oz.: Household Essentials : Walmart.com

Don't know how the wood will react so test it first.

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A wide blade Putty Knife works well

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+1 on the putty knife. Sometimes denatured alcohol will help but it depends on the mfg. I've had some where it wipes right off with the alcohol and others it wont touch.

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Goo Gone was not available at my WalMart but they had Goof Off. Claimed to remove adhesive. It didn't. Soaked it for half an hour--didn't do anything more than water! Can't scrap it off.

I wonder if a mild acid would work--like muriatic acid? Would it harm the cast insert?
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acetone might help It removes Rhino double stick carpet tape when I use it

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I'd use Double D Eucalyptus Oil

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I second Bill's suggestion. The way I usually go with solvents is try methylated spirits (denatured alcohol) first, if that doesn't shift it try white spirit/mineral spirits, and if that's no good then go to acetone.
Naphtha/coleman fuel/lighter fuel might be worth a try to.
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Warm it up to soften it, remove as much as you you can mechanically with scrapers, chisels, wire wool etc, and use solvent to get the rest, white spirit, methanol, WD40.
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I can't believe Goof Off didn't take it off. I've never had any adhesive that it didn't work on.
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