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How to remove 3M double sided tape from window deflectors

Discussion in 'Body Work & Detailing' started by DeLeSaAZ, May 17, 2018.

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    1. DeLeSaAZ

      DeLeSaAZ Beasley, the chauffeur of my previous Edge. Elite Explorer

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      I currently have the Ford OEM Window Deflectors / Window Vents on my '16 Explorer. I've never really been in love with them since I put them on, as I have the silver car with the top of the window line going down the car - the car window frames/pillars are black and make a nice clean line of black down the side of the car with the silver above it (I hope that makes sense). With the Ford vents with the double-sided 3M tape, the top of the vents is higher than that nice black line, thus breaking up the "clean look" of it. (I'd take a picture but I already took them off).

      So, aside from the OEM deflectors breaking that line, my front passenger door deflector started peeling off, flapping around while driving, so it gave me an excuse to replace them with the Weather Tech in-channel vents, which I bought months ago. I'm just now getting around to wanting to put them on SO I pulled off the Ford OEM Deflectors - and, of course, 1/2 the 3M tape stayed on the car - so now I have a nice, sticky outline of gooey tape, tape residue around all my windows. Before I put the Weather Tech deflectors on, what is the best way to remove all the tape goo and remaining tape "foam"? I have Goo Gone but I'm not sure if it's safe on car paint.

      Does anyone know the best way to remove a LARGE amount of 3M double sided tape residue without harming the finish?
       
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    3. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    4. DeLeSaAZ

      DeLeSaAZ Beasley, the chauffeur of my previous Edge. Elite Explorer

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      I watched a youtube video with a man showing how to do that - and I'd be WAY to afraid of doing it too hard or fast and taking the paint off. I saw several videos that said Goof Off (not Goo Gone, it's too harsh - so says the videos) works well but that plain WD-40 works best - just soak it, let it sit a few minutes, and wipe it off, then apply polish/wax. Personally, ALL those options make me nervous! But I'm going to try the WD-40 thing in a spot and see how it goes.
       
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      WD-40 should be fine, but is a solvent. Make sure to wash it all off.
       
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      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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