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Old 08-10-2009, 05:21 PM   #1
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Default Experience with velcro pad adhesive remover on vinyl dash/pod?

I'm finally turning attention to the GTS. A brilliant PO stuck some sort of electronic gizmo on top of the pod using a 3" square velcro adhesive pad, which is still tightly stuck to the (vinyl) pod. Any thoughts about how to get it off and clean up the adhesive without affecting the vinyl? The pod and dash are otherwise perfect, so I'm afraid to try goo-gone/acetone/xylene/gasoline/napalm without some BTDT reassurance.....
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Old 08-10-2009, 05:35 PM   #2
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3M adhesive and wax remover has given me previous success on similar problems, although your velcro is still on there so I don't know how much you will need to keep spraying to remove? Fishing line to remove velcro? maybe add some light heat?
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Old 08-10-2009, 06:01 PM   #3
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The problem may be that there isn't just one type adhesive used with velcro. Start at a corner with maybe a needle or hobby knife and raise it up to get a look at what was used.
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WD-40 was introduced to me years ago to remove tape glue residue. Just spray some on a rag and gently wipe off the residue...It's oily so it won't dry out the mating surface...it's also good for removing stickers from windshields/windows
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It's really goopy/tacky stuff, I'll pull up a corner and get a photo to illustrate. A real mess!
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Heat and peel, then work on cleanup.
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Rob,

I'm that same PO and have little Velcro pads to hold the dash rug in place. Denatured alcohol takes the adhesive off. This is with the gooey black adhesive. If you have the yellow or white adhesive it's a little more of a challenge.

WD40 is essentially mineral spirits (actually closer to Stoddard solvent) ith some light oil added. A little won't hurt the dash vinyl if you don't get too aggressive. You will want to carefully pull the velcro part off first if you can so the solvent can do its job.

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When I'm worried about the surface, I typically start with rubbing alcohol. If that won't cut it, a little dishsoap should take it off. In either case, it's going to dry it out, so immediately go back over it with your vinyl/leather conditioner of choice - even Armorall in a pinch would be better than letting it set dry.
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Here's the goo, looks like the pad has been sliding down the pod for a while:

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Here's the goo, looks like the pad has been sliding down the pod for a while:

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Two words... Goo Gone

Great stuff; perfect for this type of work.

http://www.amazon.com/MAGIC-AMERICA-.../dp/B00006IBNJ

It's available everywhere
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3M adhesive and wax remover has given me previous success on similar problems, although your velcro is still on there so I don't know how much you will need to keep spraying to remove? Fishing line to remove velcro? maybe add some light heat?
I like the fishing line idea, I dont think you need it for this but ill try and remember that.
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Old 08-11-2009, 01:01 PM   #13
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They even got the orange goo gone at Staples.
Cap has a built in mini plastic scraper.
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Old 08-11-2009, 01:43 PM   #14
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If you use Goo Gone (it’s a citrus solvent) it will make short order out of that project. At most you might need some sort of scraper. Old hotel room keys or credit cards work great… much less chance of damaging anything than using a metal blade.

This stuff is also great for removing bugs and tar and it smells much better than the kerosene based stuff. Also takes off bumper stickers, dealer decals, price tags, etc. Just about any kind of sticker or tape residue is no match for this stuff.

I have it on my shelf right next to the Kriol, PB blaster, WD-40, Bug & Tar remover, Isopropyl, Acetone, Lacquer Thinner, Paint Thinner, and Bleach. I always try this stuff first and it rarely lets me down.
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Thanks guys. I have the shelf o' goops too, with the big can of Goo-gone, I was just afraid of its effects on vinyl. Will give it a shot tonight.
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