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chassis
11-10-2007, 09:37 AM
I foolishly used duct tape to secure a drop cloth while installing mud walls in my tub alcove. The tape left some adhesive goo. What solvent or cleaner can I used that won't damage the acrylic finish?

I'm a big fan of Goof-Off, but this is the chemical xylene, which I think is a solvent for acrylic and would damage the tub. In my arsenal I also have mineral spirits, turpentine and acetone. HD/Lowe's is not far so I can run out and get something else if needed.

Verdeboy
11-10-2007, 09:46 AM
Goo Gone. Citris-based and won't harm the finish.

chassis
11-10-2007, 01:15 PM
Verdeboy,

Thanks, it worked. Not real aggressive stuff, but it works.

jimbo
11-10-2007, 03:36 PM
My favorite solvent cleaner is Zippo lighter fluid...( the yellow plastic bottle.) I keep several around the house and the truck.

chassis
11-10-2007, 05:45 PM
Thanks jimbo. I looked it up and seems like lighter fluid is naptha. Will it damage the acrylic tub finish? Something else to add to my selection of solvents.

frenchie
11-10-2007, 05:56 PM
As long as you're adding to the arsenal... acetone.

chassis
11-10-2007, 06:57 PM
frenchie,

Thanks. Yep I'm a fan of acetone (for cleaning tasks), and have a can sitting in the garage.

jimbo
11-11-2007, 06:54 AM
The goo gone and the Zippo are safe for most surfaces, including most plastics and finished wood surfaces. NOT true for acetone!

Mike Swearingen
11-11-2007, 01:18 PM
I use my wife's nail polish remover (acetone) on surfaces that I don't care about, but I also use Goo Gone and Oops!, which are basically similar citrus-based stuff, for tub/shower and sink surfaces.
Goo Gone will even instantly remove clear silicone caulk off of your hands better than gasoline, which is what I used to use years ago.
That stuff is amazing.
Mike

Jackie07
11-11-2007, 02:37 PM
Cooking oil will break down adhesives and allow them to be removed from a surface without harming it so long as it is a non-porous surface.

steelwire
11-26-2007, 10:09 PM
Thanks jimbo. I looked it up and seems like lighter fluid is naptha. Will it damage the acrylic tub finish? Something else to add to my selection of solvents. stainless steel pipe (http://www.cn-SteelPipe.net) stainless steel wire (http://www.cn-SteelPipe.net)

cwhyu2
11-27-2007, 12:17 AM
Lighter fluid works good used it for years helps finish out silicon caulk.Will not harm any surface.