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meh
01-04-2006, 08:30 PM
How do you guys remove the adhesive residue that is left on racquets (or anything else, for that matter) by lead tape, stickers, etc...Thanks.

Keifers
01-04-2006, 08:36 PM
I use "Pure Acetone" -- in the nail care section of your local drug store. Apply with cotton balls or Q-tips. Works really well.

nViATi
01-04-2006, 08:37 PM
I use "Pure Acetone" -- in the nail care section of your local drug store. Apply with cotton balls or Q-tips. Works really well.
That might strip the paint off your racquet. First, just try some soap and something to scrub the adhesive like a kitchen sponge.

Keifers
01-04-2006, 08:42 PM
Fortunately, the acetone doesn't affect racquet paint at all. Nor the grommets and head guards. Keep it away from the strings, though, and other plastics. And don't get it on varnished table tops, etc.

rich s
01-05-2006, 03:44 AM
Gu-gone....

Keiltimall
01-05-2006, 03:56 AM
lighter fluid or goo be gone (which is safer with an orangy scent)

Nuke
01-05-2006, 04:03 AM
WD-40 (but keep it off the grip).

goosala
01-05-2006, 04:41 PM
Goo-gone works best and does not strip wax or clearcoats.

Stan
01-05-2006, 05:51 PM
A quick blast from a heat gun makes stickers easier to remove and if you are lucky the residue leaves with them. If not, Goo Gone works well.

vinnier6
01-05-2006, 05:52 PM
i would use either wd40 or goo gone...

SteveI
01-05-2006, 05:56 PM
WD-40 (but keep it off the grip).

Hi,

Yuppers

Breaks down the Glue.. WD40 works great.. and yes keep it off the grip.. it will break down the material in the grip also.

Steve

backhand_finish
01-05-2006, 06:22 PM
use an eraser.

Steve Huff
01-05-2006, 09:49 PM
I've been using a spray called "Oops" . It's probably similar to Gu-b-gone.

meh
01-05-2006, 09:52 PM
ok thanks everybody. wd-40 looks like the answer since it's readily available and I won't need to make an additional purchase. :p

armand
01-05-2006, 10:21 PM
WD-40 works because it's so oily. So even cooking oil would do it.

Bristol Mitch
01-06-2006, 02:15 AM
Theres a product in England called ,funnily enough, "Sticky Stuff Remover". Does what it says! I constantly need to wear sticking plasters ("Bandaid" US speak?) on my thumb, (part-time carpenter when not playing tennis ) and my other half got tired of the marks on glasses every time I touched one. The web site on the bottle says www.desolvit.com

winks
01-06-2006, 05:35 AM
Fortunately, the acetone doesn't affect racquet paint at all. Nor the grommets and head guards. Keep it away from the strings, though, and other plastics. And don't get it on varnished table tops, etc.

I just removed a grip (not overgrip) and the adhesive left on the handle stuck to the "cottony" type material on the underside of the grip leaving a hell of a fuzzy mess.

Although it sounds like acetone would clean this up well, do you think it would harm the racquet handle?

SteveI
01-06-2006, 05:47 AM
I just removed a grip (not overgrip) and the adhesive left on the handle stuck to the "cottony" type material on the underside of the grip leaving a hell of a fuzzy mess.

Although it sounds like acetone would clean this up well, do you think it would harm the racquet handle?

Hi,

Acetone is an organic solvent and no telling what it might do to the handle of your racket. I have seen handles constructed of many different materials. I would try "less active" products 1st before moving on to the acetone. I have seen it take the paint off of frames. Good luck and proceed with care. Is there a "Materials Science" Person in the House???

Regards,
Steve

mctennis
01-06-2006, 08:56 PM
De Solve It or Goo Gone works the best for me. WD 40 is a mess to use and then you have to clean up the oil afterwords.

Michelangelo
01-07-2006, 08:31 AM
Pencil eraser will do the job. Just rub it on the residue directly (provide that residue isn't too old and is the type of soft residue).

Keifers
01-07-2006, 09:08 AM
I just removed a grip (not overgrip) and the adhesive left on the handle stuck to the "cottony" type material on the underside of the grip leaving a hell of a fuzzy mess.

Although it sounds like acetone would clean this up well, do you think it would harm the racquet handle?
In my experience, no, it doesn't harm the racquet handle (the creamy colored stuff under the original synthetic or leather grip).

Check it out, though, on a small area of your racquet handle -- if it looks like it's harming the material, stop.

alfa164164
01-07-2006, 12:50 PM
Weinman Candle Wax Remover - great stuff.