Anyone know how to get duct tape off cast iron???

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12-28-2008 01:50 AM

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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#1 posted 12-28-2008 01:53 AM

Did you try Goof-Off? Acetone?

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

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#2 posted 12-28-2008 01:56 AM

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

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#3 posted 12-28-2008 02:34 AM

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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#4 posted 12-28-2008 03:31 AM

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

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#5 posted 12-28-2008 03:50 AM

Mineral spirits will cut the adhesive…Blkcherry

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#6 posted 12-28-2008 04:21 AM

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


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#7 posted 12-28-2008 04:22 AM

WD40, i think

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#8 posted 12-28-2008 04:47 AM

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

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#9 posted 12-28-2008 06:06 AM

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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#10 posted 12-28-2008 06:10 AM

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

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#11 posted 12-28-2008 08:01 AM

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 12-28-2008 12:14 PM

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.

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#13 posted 12-28-2008 06:57 PM

Lacquer Thinner

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#14 posted 12-28-2008 09:54 PM

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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#15 posted 12-29-2008 12:00 AM

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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