Duct Tape Residue on a Car?

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

By Shirley Butler from Oologah, OK

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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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June 23, 20180 found this helpful

Can confirm WD 40 worked a charm

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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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January 21, 20170 found this helpful

I used a hand held hair dryer tape came off

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July 29, 20180 found this helpful

I had to use a ton of duct tape to hold my gas tank door cover on, was layers and layera of adhesive stuck on my red Rav4. Just got home from autozone, get Turtle Wax Label & Sticker remover, required minimal scrubbing with a rag, needed a few applications because there was a lot of adhesive on there, but came right off!

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March 3, 2010

My friend had to quickly duct tape plastic over a broken car window, and after the rain subsided and the Florida sun baked it for a while, the tape left sticky residue on the car's paint job. Does anybody know what to use to remove the residue that will not hurt the paint finish? Thank you.




Duct Tape Residue on a Car

Been there and done that. You might try putting a few drops of automatic transmission fluid on a rag and rubbing the goo. It worked very well for me. Make sure you remove all residue from the paint. (08/10/2005)

By K

Duct Tape Residue on a Car

Citrus oil will remove it without damaging the paint. (08/10/2005)

By Dennis

Duct Tape Residue on a Car

WD-40 will get the tape residue off of your friend's car without hurting paint job. (08/10/2005)

By Robbie

Duct Tape Residue on a Car

I used spray olive oil, car wash fluid, and then rubbed it with a cotton shirt, then threw water on it. (07/29/2007)

By kiwiirwin

Duct Tape Residue on a Car

WD40 is awesome. Comes right off. (10/05/2007)

By Kelly

Duct Tape Residue on a Car

WD-40 works, but very tedious. I have a lot of sticky stuff on my truck though. (12/09/2007)

By Jamal

Duct Tape Residue on a Car

I had a phone that I bought from a flea market that had been taped, long ago, to hold the handset onto the base. I tried alcohol and WD-40 and all they did was smear it and pretty much make it worse.


I didn't want to go out and buy anything, seeing as the phone had only cost me two dollars, so I used something that has worked other miracles for me, in the past: tea tree oil. I just wet a dishrag with it and wiped over and over and then clean wiped it with a dry spot on the rag. Worked great. (07/31/2008)

By Kara

Duct Tape Residue on a Car

Any of the following will work great:

I used a razor blade to scrape off the excess residue. Works great. (09/25/2008)

By Ashley

Duct Tape Residue on a Car

Just wanted to report that we are cleaning our house after the whole Hurricane Ike incident. Our back room has huge 3.5 x 3.5 plate glass windows that we covered in duct tape. Its been there about 3 weeks now.


I tired alcohol, baby oil, and nail polish remover on it and none of them worked. On a whim I grabbed some sticky tack and started to rub that on it and it came off so easily. I was astonished. So whatever you have duct tape residue on, try sticky tack.

By Stacy

Duct Tape Residue on a Car

I tried WD40, Goof Off, paint thinner, mineral spirits, and Mr.Clean Magic Eraser with little success. By far the best on my car was denatured alcohol rubbing with a soft cloth. When I got to the windows I used a paint scraper (razor blade in holder), and then I was shocked when using on the painted surface I scraped it off without damaging the car's paint. More denatured alcohol and perfect. (06/22/2009)

By Rich Glasgow

Duct Tape Residue on a Car

Starting fluid (ether) works really well and fast. Just be sure to use it in an open area with no smokers or other combustion potential nearby. You can get spray cans of it at auto supply stores. (07/18/2009)


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