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My Sticky Situation

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by basslover24, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. Long story short, there was duct tape on my bass and I peeled it off. Now I've got that pain in the ass residue on it. Any advice on the simplest and most effective way to get it off?

    btw its got that laquer finish or whatever it is. not straight up wood
  2. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
  3. gibsonbass76


    Aug 17, 2007
    3M adhesive remover, and the lesson to never put duct tape on instruments again.
  4. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    You might find that MORE duct tape can be used to remove the residue. Make a small wad of tape with the adhesive side out. Using a dabbing motion, you might be able to use it to pick up the "goo" off the bass. This works for some tapes and some surfaces, YMMV, etc.
  5. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    Paint thinner (not paint remover) like Varsol will work to soften the glue so it can be wiped off. Naptha (lighter fluid) also works but evaporates a bit too fast at times.

    I've used Goo Gone and it works too but no better than paint thinner which is a lot cheaper.

    None of the above will harm a lacquer, polyurethane, varnish, or oil finish.

    Don't use acetone, lacquer thinner or any of these types of solvents. They can soften and remove many finishes.
  6. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    +1. I recently had sticker residue on my newly-acquired Peavey T-40. A little WD-40 on a rag, and the residue came right off without harming the finish.
  7. WD-40 or my favorite, the 3M Adhesive Remover. I've found tons of uses for the latter so a small can of it lasts a while.
  8. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    40 grit sandpaper.:ninja:
  9. Sufenta

    Sufenta Trudging The Happy Road of Destiny

    Mar 14, 2002
    The Signpost Up Ahead.
    Belt sander.
  10. PEANUT BUTTER!! :D:hyper:

    No seriously, it works great. Put a lump of PB on the sticky spot and rub in circles with a rag like you are buffing it. You may need to put some muscle into it, but the oil in the peanut butter cuts through most stickiness very well. Of course, you'll need to take the greasy oil off afterwards, so have some dish soap handy. This recently worked great for me when I had to remove old double-sided tape residue!
  11. christle


    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    Awesome stuff! (nice sig btw)
  12. Frost.Blast


    Mar 22, 2008
    Lighter-fluid does an amazing job and it doesn't smell for more than 10 seconds.
  13. I've occasionally had some success with plain old kitchen variety cooking oil when I couldn't locate a can of WD-40...
  14. TeleTubby


    Jan 6, 2006
    Lynden, WA
    I've had great success with cooking oil- we always have some around, (with a bit of elbow work) it cuts through easy, and cleans up real nice.
  15. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Anytown USA
    Yep lighter fluid or Naptha no doubt.
  16. Picolo2k


    Sep 30, 2008
    Hey! I have the same prob but I have a polymerized oil finish( witch does not protect the wood as well as a lacquer finish) on the body, I have some lemon oil for the neck of my bass but will it be ok to use it even if it's not the same kind of oil? in fact, lemon oil is not very oily, will it remove the glue? or should I try with normal olive oil to be fancy? hehe

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