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Old 25th-November-2009, 08:09 PM   #1
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What will remove trim adhesive without harming paint?

I put in new trunk weatherstrip yesterday using that 8008 Super Weatherstrip Adhesive from 3M. I had never did that before and it got a little messy in places around the gasket. Not too bad, just want to clean it up a little. Is there anything I can use that wont harm the paint? I've heard lacquer thinner, but I thought that would take the paint off.
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Old 25th-November-2009, 08:49 PM   #2
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hi siderman, when i replaced my rear glass i used 3m general adhesive remover to clean up .works good. i also used it to clean up around the trunk and door seals when i replaced them too. you can get it at a auto body supply store. tell them what your doing and they will get you the proper cleaner. here's a tip, after setting the door seals with the sealer adhesive do your clean up and leave the dorrs open until dry. don't forget to disconect the battery always use the black stuff the clear didn't work for me.
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Goof-off also works well if you don't need a lot of it. You can pick it up at just about any hardware store. Works great on just about everything sticky or gooey.
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mineral spirits might work
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WD-40 works very well on duct tape glue and burnout rubber, maybe trim adhesive too. or try some heat from your wife's hair dryer
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Goof-off also works well if you don't need a lot of it. You can pick it up at just about any hardware store. Works great on just about everything sticky or gooey.
Goof-off will damage the paint.

If you use anything use Goo-Gone. It will not hurt the paint and is probably the most widely-used adhesive remover on the market. It is mineral-based and you can dump it all over your car and it won't hurt the paint but it will remove the adhesive.

I use both in different applications but would never recommend using Goof-off on any painted surface unless you don't care about the paint. Goof-off contains xylene (which is used in paint stripper) and is a fairly-powerful solvent.
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Use surfboard wax remover. Comes in bigger containers than the other stuff and is mild.
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WD-40 works very well on duct tape glue and burnout rubber, maybe trim adhesive too. or try some heat from your wife's hair dryer
wd-40....I've used it on my car many times...no problem at all
http://www.wd40.com/uses-tips/category/car-truck/
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Old 3rd-December-2009, 09:15 PM   #9
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batmans right wd40 usaly works well or goo gone and they dont damage paint
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Yup. Im with batman, WD40 wont touch the paint but it will soften up the glue so you can remove it.

For some really nasty glues I use trichloroethane. Not easily had these days, I have some left over from the 90s. But its a good solvent for many glues and doesnt attack auto paints.

But for you, I would soak a rag in WD40 and lay it on the excess glue for five minutes. Better to allow the WD40 to do its work instead of rubbing the glue off with a damp rag. Come back and wipe the glue off. Then wipe again with a clean, WD40 soaked rag to remove the glue haze. Make sure to keep lightly wiping to remove ALL the glue haze. Then wax the paint as normal. JR
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You can get Goo-Gone at any Home Depot and even in most grocery stores.

I always have some on hand and use it all the time. I never tried it on trunk weatherstrip adhesive though but I imagine it would work.

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thanks for the ideas. I'll give it a shot.
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