I have a 1940's wooden box with nice finish that was used to store a
scientific instrument. The problem is that someone kept taping over the
lid to keep the box closed while in storage. As a consequence, there
are about 7 pieces of masking tape across the lid to box surface in
various stages of decay. Is there any way I remove the tape and residue
and keep the finish and wood intact? Thank you.
Clare, I've found that most goo removers do it in a few minutes.
Perhaps you need to be a little less patient with WD-40 next time.
I bet it works a lot faster than you think.
FWIW for anyone lurking, many cooking oils and sprays will do the trick
as well as goo-gone.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
GooGone damagess some finishes, and you can scratch dried tape off
with wd40 pretty quickly - but if it is soaked real well the tape
slides of - no damage to the shelac or laquer finish.
I likely left it a lot longer than required - but it worked.
On Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 4:59:57 PM UTC-7, JBI wrote:
There have been a lot of different masking tapes since 1940.
Solvents that won't harm the wood-box finish include waterless
hand cleaner, and maybe (odorless) paint thinner, but NOT alcohol (it
would take off shellac). Anything brittle can be carefully scraped,
a razor scraper might be useful, just control the edge so
it does't dig into the wood.
Boiled linseed oil is a safe way to cover any dull spots, and a little
french polishing can make an old finish new again.
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