Removing sticky stuff from ali body

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simon_fletcher
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Removing sticky stuff from ali body
A bit late, but I'm in the process of removing the stickers from my Academy car prior to giving it a good polish. I've taken the stickers off but they've left a lot of sticky stuff on the aluminium body. Can anyone recommend something to remove this without damaging the body work? Cheers, Simon
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you can use thinners or a lighter fuel is good turps etc they all work all you want is a solvent that will disolve the glue you wont harm the ally fred
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Try WD40, its proved very effective and is less harmful to any nearby paint/plastics. 1001 uses , and now.. 1002. Oily
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I'll second what oilyhands said
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Just to be different: Cellulose thinners from Halfords £2.50 for a small tin but should be enough to do most of a car. I used it to get some particularly nasty double sided sticky tape off wher I had removed some carpetting and it worked a treat. Ade Make the world a better place, hug an estate agent
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I would second the cellulose thinners suggestion, it worked for me when other solvents didn't do anything. HOWEVER - don't get any cellulose thinners on paint or plastic, as it will strip the paint. Anthony
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Many thanks folks. If you don't hear from me again it's 'cos I'm busy cleaning and polishing...should keep me busy till Christmas! Thanks, Simon
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I'm a liitle perplexed. The only (cheap) solvent, which will NOT harm paintwork, powder coating etc has not been mentioned - GASOLINE. Thinners, you must be joking, it's bloody lethal to all it contacts. Not to mention of course one's H&S. Just a little tip; remove the original decal with the aid of a hair dryer. The heat of the air will kep the adhesive on the decal thus leaving little on the bodywork (surface). Steve B
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I have recently been surprised to notice that powder coating is uneffected by contcat with AP600 ultra corrosive brake fluid. I clean tar spots etc off the paintowrk on my car with cellulose thinners, I think unless you leave it in contact for a while it does not harm to modern epoxy two pack paints. I also clean brake dust off wheels with Mr Muscle overn cleaner - that wrecks the wheels if you leave ot on for over 15 minutes, but 2 minutes on, an agitation with a brush, and another two minutes and thorough hose down has never wrecked them for me! Fat Arn Visit the K2 RUM site See the Lotus Seven Club 4 Counties Area Website here
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Hi Simon Good to see you're back out and about? I used cellulose thinners - cos it smells nice! And it worked well too. Didn't cause any problems with the finish and you know what my car looks like. :-) All the best Guy NN
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Oh - and you're not late. Phil was at Stoneleigh the other weekend and still has most of his stickers on!!! NN