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Old 01-01-2020, 07:53 PM
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Default tape residue on canopy

after removing the electrical tape from my canopy what solvent can i use to remove tape glue residue? it is very light and only in occasional spots. i thought i have read mineral spirits is safe but that might not be true.
thanks for any info
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Old 01-01-2020, 08:09 PM
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This works very well to clean: https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catal...ickkey=3211335

Then use this Novus #1 after.

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Old 01-01-2020, 08:49 PM
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Default Tape residue

I also used electrical tape on my RV6 canopy along edges of the fairings and had some adhesive to remove. I used isopropyl alcohol sparingly to clean off the residue. At the time I made this same statement on this form and it generated some negatives comments. As a result I did take a scrap piece of Plexiglas put it under heavy stress in a vice causing the plexi to bow then put alcohol on it and it did crack. However, the canopy has been flying for 15+ years with no cracks, crazing, or anything else since. My canopy is held in place via #6 C/S screws in over sized holes with bushings which are thicker than the plexi so no pressure is applied to the canopy. Proseal was used as a water seal and as at thread locker on the screws. Check on the ingredients of the alcohol as I believe drugstore isopropyl can be different strengths. The stuff I used was low strength, very cheap bought from a drugstore. I have done two canopies this way, one on the RV6 and on an RV8 which has not yet flown.

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Old 01-01-2020, 09:28 PM
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Use Gorilla tape to pull off the other adhesive residue.
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Old 01-02-2020, 03:17 AM
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Use Gorilla tape to pull off the other adhesive residue.

+1 ..... this works a treat !
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Old 01-02-2020, 06:27 AM
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Have a look for some "Wurth Industrie Clean" on eBay. Even smells nice!
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Old 01-02-2020, 06:40 AM
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thanks for the reply's. the residue is more like a smeared fingerprint. i keep mineral spirits in one of those red plastic ketchup bottles in my shop. i have found it to be very effective on old masking tape. i see it on vans list so i will use it followed by dawn. thanks again.
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Old 01-02-2020, 05:45 PM
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try eucalyptus oil. I used it on my motorcycle windshield to remove a brand sticker. Worked very well. Try on a inconspicuous area first.
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Old 01-02-2020, 06:00 PM
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Default Dick De - - #6 C/S screw bujshing?

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. . . via #6 C/S screws in over sized holes with bushings which are thicker than the plexi so no pressure is applied to the canopy.
Got a item ID or specific source for those small bushings? Please share.
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Old 01-02-2020, 08:18 PM
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Exclamation Avoid electrical tape

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Thanks for this, I just learned something; Vans says to not use electrical tape on the canopy. I wouldn't have thought of that, but good to know about it.
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