I managed to get a tool gummed up with the glue from clear
packing tape (UPS Tape).
I've tried the common solvents I have around the shop, but
to no avail.
Any ideas for cleaning this stuff off of steel...?
Anhydrous isopropyl alcohol. Same stuff as ordinary rubbing
alcohol except not diluted with water. You can buy anhydrous
isopropyl at an ordinary drug store: just ask for it at the
This is the only thing I use to remove old label gum, most
other adhesives, and permanent marker inks such as Sharpie.
It is more effective than xylene.
One product that is often on hand and works for most label and tape
adhesives is lighter fluid. It is probably made of naphta (which was in
the list of suggested products that Doug Miller posted).
Also, most oils, such as baby's oil, motor oil, etc. will soften the
adhesive and keep it from sticking back to the object. You just rub the
glue out with a little oil. If you use baby's oil, cleaning up the oil
afterwards is easy with warm water and dish detergent.
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