Removing Residue Bar Tape Adhesive

conceptual_primate Posts: 81
edited September 2010 in Workshop
Hi all,

Done a few searches and not yielded much, so apologies if this has been discussed ad nauseum.

Decided to replace my bar tape for the first time and when i removed the old tape, the tape came away fine, but the adhesive strip was still stuck to the bar in its entirety. After an hour of trying to pick this off and getting thoroughly pi$$ed off in the process, i've given up for now.

Does anyone have any advice on how to remove this? Ideally would like a perfectly clean bar before re-taping. Read suggestions of paint thinner, but don't fancy the risk of damaging the frame's finish. (... and I thought this was supposed to be the easy part).


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  • Harry182
    Harry182 Posts: 1,169
    Leave it on. New tape covers the old adhesive up and it will probably help the new tape stick.
  • Bar Shaker
    Bar Shaker Posts: 2,313
    Acetone will dissolve it.
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  • WD40 then degreaser , works a treat !
  • Harry182 wrote:
    Leave it on. New tape covers the old adhesive up and it will probably help the new tape stick.

    No it won't.

    Ethanol should get rid of it.
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  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Fully-wrap your bars with electrical tape first - you need it to hold your cables in place anyway. You can then wrap and unwrap your bars many times without damaging the tape - I've re-used tape a number of times this way e.g. replacing cables
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  • KINGGARY wrote:
    WD40 then degreaser , works a treat !

    +1. Also Kerosene or lighter fluid (as in cigarette lighters). All safe to use on plastic and painted surfaces as well. Apply fluids, let soak for a few minutes and wipe off. Repeat if nec. or let soak awhile for the hard to remove residue. I don't like using acetone due to the fact it can ruin paint and plastics if spilled and you don't happen to notice until it's too late.