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childress

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2033 days ago

I got a bandsaw today and the old owner had put duct tape on the table (he used it for metal fabrication). It has been on there for probably 8 years and I cannot get it off. Not sure what to do. Tried some wd-40, turpinoid and a heat gun. Anyone know of any “tricks” to get this s@!$ off? thanks

-- Childress Woodworks


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 2033 days ago

Did you try Goof-Off? Acetone?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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GFYS

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#2 posted 2033 days ago

heat gun for the tape then any number of solvents for the adhesive residue.

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sry

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#3 posted 2033 days ago

If the residue is that old, it’s probably going to take a lot of elbow grease to get it off as well as the solvents
Some steel wool might help as well
You could also just attack the table with a sander as well

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piper

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#4 posted 2033 days ago

fingernail polish remover (acetone) no heat gun though while using very flamiable.

-- piper

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#5 posted 2033 days ago

Mineral spirits will cut the adhesive…Blkcherry

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Gofor

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#6 posted 2033 days ago

Goo-gone or naptha (aka lighter fluid, charcoal starter, coleman lantern fuel)

Go

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gr8outdrsmn

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#7 posted 2033 days ago

WD40, i think

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DaveH

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#8 posted 2033 days ago

If it is on the cast iron table top, you could sand it off as a last resort.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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childress

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#9 posted 2033 days ago

Thanks everyone. I found some goofoff and it seems to be working. Like Sry said, elbow grease. I was hoping there was some “magic potion” out there that would just lift it off, cause damn, this stuff is really on there!

-- Childress Woodworks

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Karson

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#10 posted 2033 days ago

Sharpen a putty knife and scrape it off. Then clean up with something to get rid of the residual glue.

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Woodshopfreak

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#11 posted 2033 days ago

Yeah if you get Goof-Off, then you can place the table of the bandsaw inside some sort of container and just soak the table in it for about an hour and it should come right off. I use it to get off patterns that are stuck to my projects. I just soak them a while and it comes off so easyily.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#12 posted 2033 days ago

Goof-off and single-edged razor blades. I don’t like sanding cast-iron, although many do. I’d recommend the green plastic scratchy pads. Test with the Goof-off first – Goof-off attacks a lot of plastics.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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John Gray

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#13 posted 2032 days ago

Lacquer Thinner

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DonFaulk0517

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#14 posted 2032 days ago

As mentioed in an earlier reply… Goo-Gone will remove it. Put it on so that it puddles over the area, let sit for a few minutes, then wipe or scrape off. I’ve tried it on almost all adhesives, duct tape included, and it works great!

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Mark Shymanski

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#15 posted 2032 days ago

If that didn’t work you may want to try Mosquito repellant with Deet in it, as it seems that stuff will dissolve just about anything! :-)

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