Removing Duct Tape From a Car

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Duct tape is useful for many things, but not always easy to remove all traces. This page is about removing duct tape residue on a car.


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February 10, 2014

I've recently experienced the same problem. I used a little bit of gasoline and it came right off, worked great!

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July 3, 2006

I used tape to cover a broken car window. Now that the window has been repaired, tape residue is on the hood and trunk of the car. I don't want to ruin the paint, but want to remove the tape residue. Help.

QueenK from Escondido


By fordluv (Guest Post)
July 3, 20062 found this helpful

I use Avon Skin So Soft bath oil. It doesnt damage car finishes. I have even used it to remove tar!


There is another product called goo gone that is available in stores that I heard works too.

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 3, 20060 found this helpful

try baby oil on a tissue, or peanut butter-
sounds crazy, but both work very well on sticky adhesive residue and do little damage-

(Baby oil is the BEST way to get pine pitch off of little kids- too, non irritating, and creature friendly )

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By Tanu (Guest Post)
July 7, 20060 found this helpful

Peanut butter. Just rub it over the area with a cloth or paper towel and voila! I know it sounds odd, but it works every time.

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July 7, 20060 found this helpful

"Goo Gone" or "Goof Off" will remove it.

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July 7, 20061 found this helpful

Any household oil...good old vegetable oil poured on a clothe that can sit on the sticky spot to saturate it for a minute - then rub right off.

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By (Guest Post)
July 7, 20060 found this helpful

wd 40

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By Paula Jo Carr (Guest Post)
July 7, 20061 found this helpful

Shot it with a good dose of WD40. This is how grocery stores get tags off products that they resell as told to me by a grocery store manager for nearly 30 years!


I have tried it at home AND it does work!
Good Luck! ""

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By Plissken (Guest Post)
September 25, 20061 found this helpful

If the other stuff doesn't work, I'd try cigarette lighter fluid. It's actually pure naphta, the original dry cleaning fluid!. It works on cloth too. Obviously, be carefull because it is very flammable.

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By michelle (Guest Post)
August 16, 20080 found this helpful

Here are the things I tried that you guys suggested for the duct tape removal, baby oil, lighter fluid and wd 40 - no luck! I didn't try the vegetable oil or peanut butter.

Here is your solution: Nail Polish Remover

Easy, hardly any elbow grease was used. Works beautifully, don't bother with anything else. Trust me!

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May 1, 20161 found this helpful

DONT DO THAT!!!! Acetone will dissolve the paint!

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September 6, 2005

Does anyone know how to remove duct tape from the outside of a car? It is on the paint and around the back windshield. I am currently using Orange Blast, an auto degreaser. It is working, but very slowly. Any faster suggestions that would save the paint on my car would be great.




By Sharon (Guest Post)
September 7, 20050 found this helpful

Have you tried a hairdryer?...You may have tape residue left, but you can remove it with mineral spirits, lighter fluid, Goop or turpentine.

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By Holly (Guest Post)
September 7, 20050 found this helpful

I asked my DH, who works on cars. He said to get adhesive cleaner at Home Depot or an auto parts store.

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By Rene' (Guest Post)
September 7, 20050 found this helpful

Try some shortening, let sit for 15 minutes. Wipe off,
then clean as usual!! It will soften the glue in the duct tape= My Hubby got burned with Hot Tar on a roof job- & it worked Great on removing the tar after it had cooled on Him!! Try a second time, if needed!

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By Barbie (Guest Post)
September 8, 20050 found this helpful

WD-40 I have never had a problem with it affecting paint....can also be sprayed on places where bugs stick after washing the car......helps remove bugs for that matter.....visit the WD-40 website..

Advertisement has endless uses.....great product......

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By Free (Guest Post)
July 6, 20070 found this helpful

I had the same problem so I did a search and found this thread. I used WD-40 and it worked great, even on the weather stripping! Thanks!

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By superhog (Guest Post)
June 30, 20080 found this helpful

Have not tried it yet, but another blog said use tongs and boiling water then rub it off.

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June 30, 20080 found this helpful

I have not tried this yet, but another source said to use boining water with tongs and then rub it off after it has softened.

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March 3, 2010

How do you remove residue from duct tape on a car?

By Shirley Butler from Oologah, OK


March 4, 20101 found this helpful

Saturate with either WD-40 or Mineral Oil and let it remain on for about an hour; you should be able to clean it off with a soft terry cloth or microfiber towel.

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March 5, 20100 found this helpful

I looked for weeks at tape/adhesive residue on a window on my car that was a large sticker of the car's info. I tried everything then bought a small container of goo gone. I was nervous as the windows had factory tint. I put the goo gone on a soft cloth saturating a place on the rag.


Next I rubbed about an inch and wow, it was gone. I proceded to rub small areas and resaturating a different / clean area of the rag and had this removed in 2-3 minutes. I did not harm the factory tint, I cleaned with foam glass cleaner and could not see the big sqare of adhesive anymore. I was elated with the magic of goo gone.

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September 12, 20100 found this helpful

In my case, I had clear packing tape residue stuck on the side of my Mercedes, so I didn't want to use anything abrasive whatsoever that would scratch the finish. I looked around and found I had the following options. WD 40, Olive Oil, Carnauba wax. The WD40 did not work for me. What did work was to repeatedly soak the area in olive oil, then rub aggressively with a microfiber cloth and then I put carnauba wax on top of it which finished the job. The oil and wax slowly dissolved the tape glue. It took repeated rubbing over the area. In my case it took 45 min. but it got all the tape residue off and the finish was fine.

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May 27, 2013

I need to temporarily use duct tape to reattach my side mirror to it's frame. Will this tape damage my car paint?

By Karin

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