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Removing gummy residue

Hi there-
The previous owner of my Explorer put door edgeguards on the truck but used an adhesive that is now drying up, but still "gummy". I want to remove this residue without affecting the pinstripes or paint. I have used Goof-off and Opps in the past but I'm not sure if they are right for the job. Any suggestions for getting this residue off safely?Thanks.
 



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I use WD-40 to get tar off my trucks. Works well and doesn't mess up the paint.
 






Goo-gone will work. I used it to take my dealer's sticker off no problem...
 






I used carb cleaner to get the sticky stuff off, after I left masking tape on my paint in the California sun. It didn't ruin my paint, I just waxed it over after i was done.
 






Rubbing alchohol works also
 






Mineral spirits won't damage the paint....
 






My XL had plastic chrome strips around the wheel wells when I got it. Those had to go. I was able to get the residue off my rubbing it off with my thumb, but kinda hurt after a while.

Ether (starting fluid) works good, but tends to evaporate quick and kinda flammable. You guys might not like it but I have used acetone (from Walmart!) to take undercoating compound overspray off my hood and it did not harm the paint or clear coat. I caked the stuff on too :eek:
 






Laddy said:
Rubbing alchohol works also
I have to disagree with rubbing alchohol, it was the first thing I used, it didn't work at all. I also tried acetone it works, but it comes off very slow and takes some time, I found carb cleaner the best way for me, I liked it because it jets out and does most of the work all I have to do it wipe it all off.
 






AdamCKach said:
Goo-gone will work. I used it to take my dealer's sticker off no problem...

Goo-Gone is the ultimate. It will take anything sticky or gooey off. Plus it smells like fresh oranges!
:)
 






xmodster3o3 said:
I have to disagree with rubbing alchohol, it was the first thing I used, it didn't work at all. I also tried acetone it works, but it comes off very slow and takes some time, I found carb cleaner the best way for me, I liked it because it jets out and does most of the work all I have to do it wipe it all off.


It worked for me. Thats what I used when I took of the explorer and sport emblems
 






Mineral spirits work like a charm. If it's really tough, get out the lacquer thinner. I've used them on car paint to get off left over adhesive an seen no damaged to the paint.
 






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