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Getting Adhesive Off of Fiberglass Sides?

Unread postby JQSpree on Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:27 pm

Help!!! We bought a trailer cover and we used masking tape to fasten the foam rubber over sharp areas and now the adhesive doesn't want to come off. Any ideas on how to get this hardened adhesive off the fiberglass, gel coated sides of our trailer? It is also on the plexiglass dome over the shower.

We tried PAM, rubbing alcohal, neither worked very good. Hard rubbing gets a little off but not all?

And for next time, what do you use to pad the sharp corners without having to have any tape touch sides? We used twine when we could.

Thank for all the help.
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Re: Getting Adhesive Off of Fiberglass Sides?

Unread postby cwit on Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:36 pm

wd-40 to the rescue. Spray on let set for about a minute and rub off .
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Re: Getting Adhesive Off of Fiberglass Sides?

Unread postby Zinger on Thu Aug 21, 2008 6:12 pm

cwit wrote:wd-40 to the rescue. Spray on let set for about a minute and rub off .



yes wd40 is great stuff it will clean most any sticky off a hard surface!!
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Re: Getting Adhesive Off of Fiberglass Sides?

Unread postby Limey on Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:00 pm

There is now a spray version of Goof-Off available which is made for use on plastics. My workmate had his new 5er 'tagged' with spray paint a few weeks ago (another story!) and the dealer recommended mineral spirits and this new Goof-Off. Worked like a charm :)
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Re: Getting Adhesive Off of Fiberglass Sides?

Unread postby JQSpree on Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:11 pm

OK, here is the results of my latest efforts. I had to hurry as I was taking trailer back to storage this morning.

I tried the WD-40 and had a little success with it. It was mainly the lubricant for very hard rubbing which seemed to be what took it off in one spot. But for the larger ones or where adhesive was thicker, didn't work so well. When I got to the plexiglass dome, I decided to try some old stuff from my motorcycle days, MaGuiers Mirror Glaze, which I used to use on fairing windshields and helmut shields. It worked very well, but the thicker adhesive was a problem. So I finally got a plastic putty knife and scrapped gently, along with the mirror glaze. It worked great and I got all the spots off. Washed it all off and rewaxed as darkness set in!!! Looks great.

Now for next time, anyone have any tape they have used that will not leave a residue adhesive? What about blue masking tape? Anything else. This time we tried to tape(with duct tape) from foam edge to foam edge so none touched the trailer. But this is not always possible. In those cases, I was able to tape to metal edge near roof line and that seemed to work. A couple of lowere pieces on the rear bumper were just stuffed in there.
Again, thanks for all suggestions and quick help.
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Re: Getting Adhesive Off of Fiberglass Sides?

Unread postby LA_Bolt_Fan on Sat Aug 23, 2008 1:31 pm

Being a sign maker, this is what I use. NEVER fails http://www.signsupply.com/accessories/application_fluid.asp
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