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    Posted: 14 Sep 2020 at 18:54
Anyone do any painting here? I have been painting a tank, and did the black stripe on the bottom of the tank today. I used 3M painter's tape the blue stuff, but it has (very unexpectedly and annoyingly) left tape residue/adhesive on the as yet un-lacquered paintwork. Anyone know the best way to remove this without damaging the paint? Paint was app.ied last week so not totally fresh. Cheers.
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What sort of paint did you use? White spirit usually removes the adhesive, but obviously you don't want to risk also removing the paint.
But assuming it's not a white spirit based paint you should be OK.
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I believe lemon juice can provide the desired results but it must depend on the nature of the adhesive.
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According to Halfords it's an advanced acrylic based paint. If I can't get this off it may well have ruined the whole paint job, which would be extremely annoying. No doubt WD40 would do the job but would leave traces of silicone behind which I'm sure would mess up the rear coat.

Originally posted by Brian UK Brian UK wrote:

What sort of paint did you use? White spirit usually removes the adhesive, but obviously you don't want to risk also removing the paint.
But assuming it's not a white spirit based paint you should be OK.


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White spirit sould get it off without causing any problems.
But if you have some sticky to get off where it's relatively unseen, start there carefully.
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Was it genuine 3M? I've used that many times with no problems.
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Yes, 3M tape. I'm actually wondering if in fact the tape has impressed on the paint and what I am seeing is not residue, but marks in the paint, created by the tape (made with crepe paper I assume) being pressed down. Surely a week is enough for paint to harden to mask up an area with 3M tape for just 45 minutes? Here's a pic...


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Perhaps the paint has been applied too thickly and is still relatively soft as the surface looks a bit rough, maybe will `flatten` a bit when rubbed down. My son paints for me and he always uses `low tack` masking tape on top of fresh paint to avoid any bonding issues, but in your case it certainly looks as if there is an impression in the paint.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote italianmotor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Sep 2020 at 12:20
Possibly, but the surface has only taken on that look since the tape went on, looked fine before. This is described as low tack tape.
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Does it feel tacky to the touch?
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You know, it doesn't really. I think it's the paint has not hardened. But if I flat it back and add another coat or two, I still have to mask it up again - how long should I have to wait for it to try? I have been in contact with Halfords and am waiting for their opinion.

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Definitely, methylated spirits is the way to go. I also used the blue stuff from Halfords to do the CB175 tank a while back. It left a few bits of sticky residue but meths got it off with no greasy residue of it own. Of course the paint needs to be hard.
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How long did you leave your paint to harden?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jerry atric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Sep 2020 at 07:20
I was using Halfrauds rattle cans and left the main coat that I was masking, a couple of days before masking. In this weather, 24 hours should be plenty. I know photos don't always show the right thing but your paint looks like quite a thick coat. Sadly, the one thing I've learned is that the only way for amateurs like us to correct a paint problem is to go right back to the beginning.
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