I have been building 17 raised panel doors for our kitchen cabinets in a
cabinet refacing project. There are only 4 of the doors that are the same
size. This means that the stiles, rails and raised panels in most of the
doors are different sizes. To identify each of the different sized parts, I
used some self adhesive file folder labels on the unfinished wood as it was
cut to size to identify which parts went with which door and where each
completed door would go in the kitchen. The labels have been on the wood
only 4 days now. When I went to remove the labels today there is a sticky
adhesive residue that remains on the wood. I do not look forward to removing
this residue as it is just more work.
My question is what type of labels should I have used to identify the parts
from my cut list? Are there labels that will not leave a residue that will
interfere with the finish on my parts?
Can I assume the doors aren't finished yet? If so, you can buy alcohol based
adhesive remover at your drug store that should remove the stickyness
without harming or otherwise affecting the wood. An alternative is to get
some 2" shipping tape and dab the stick areas with it to remove the residue.
I'm sure there are easy to remove labels available, but I don't know of any
offhand. What I do know of is paper tape that is commonly used for medical
purposes or painter's tape used for sectioning areas during painting.
They're both easy to remove and do not leave residue.
Any thing that will stick to the wood will affect the finish in that area.
Don't care what they promise, it will. Especially if you are going to use a
stain. Even if you aren't going to use a stain. It will show, maybe not so
anyone else will notice, but you will, and you'll have to look at it
forever. Believe me, I know. I lived with blotches for 30 years. Finally
moved. But when I go back to visit,(daughter lives there now) I still look
to see if they are still there. At the time, I didn't have the room to keep
everything stacked separate on a marked sheet of paper or anything, so i
brought home some stickers from work, and even stuck them on the edges so it
wouldn't be obvious. Now , no one else notices, but I know they are there
and it drives me batty when I am there.
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> To identify each of the different sized parts, I
> used some self adhesive file folder labels on the unfinished wood as
> cut to size to identify which parts went with which door and where each
> completed door would go in the kitchen. The labels have been on the wood
> only 4 days now. When I went to remove the labels today there is a
> adhesive residue that remains on the wood. I do not look forward to
> this residue as it is just more work.
> My question is what type of labels should I have used to identify the
> from my cut list? Are there labels that will not leave a residue that
> interfere with the finish on my parts?
Use some denatured alcohol to remove the adhesive.
DO NOT use alcohol containg any water the you will find at the drug store.
In the future, use 3M "Blue Tape" in the future for labels.
Blue tape is good for about a week.
I learned that tip from Tom Plamann. I was reading something on his site
about making tambours and he mentioned gluing paper to the pieces and then
sanding it off, IIRC I think he did that to hold every thing together
while he glued the canvas backing on the back side.
I do the David Marks and use the low-tack masking tape. Holds better than
post-its and haven't yet left it on long enough or gotten it warm enough to
cause permanent transfer.
Lacquer thinner or acetone, followed by sandpaper is the only solution I can
think of to residue.
Might try gummed labels that you actually lick or wet to stick. These
a dry glue that should easily sand off.
To get the residue off I have used the rubber sticks that are used for
cleaning sanding belts. It worked for the label I had. YMMV
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