Removing adhesive residue

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  1. meh

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    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.
     
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  2. Keifers

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    I use "Pure Acetone" -- in the nail care section of your local drug store. Apply with cotton balls or Q-tips. Works really well.
     
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  3. nViATi

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    That might strip the paint off your racquet. First, just try some soap and something to scrub the adhesive like a kitchen sponge.
     
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  4. Keifers

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    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.
     
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  5. rich s

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    Gu-gone....
     
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  6. Keiltimall

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    lighter fluid or goo be gone (which is safer with an orangy scent)
     
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  7. Nuke

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    WD-40 (but keep it off the grip).
     
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  8. goosala

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    Goo-gone works best and does not strip wax or clearcoats.
     
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  9. Stan

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    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.
     
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  10. vinnier6

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    i would use either wd40 or goo gone...
     
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  11. SteveI

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    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
     
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  12. backhand_finish

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    use an eraser.
     
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  13. Steve Huff

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    I've been using a spray called "Oops" . It's probably similar to Gu-b-gone.
     
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  14. meh

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    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
     
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  15. armand

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    WD-40 works because it's so oily. So even cooking oil would do it.
     
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  16. 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
     
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  17. winks

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    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?
     
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  18. SteveI

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    Materials Science/Chemist Person in the House????

    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
     
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  19. mctennis

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    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.
     
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  20. Michelangelo

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    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).
     
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  21. Keifers

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    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.
     
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  22. alfa164164

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    Weinman Candle Wax Remover - great stuff.
     
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