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    Does anyone have and tried and true methods for reliably removing left over sticker adhesive from the front of an APX without causing problems? Some knucklehead decided to place a round sticker directly over the speaker grille.

    I hate stickers and markings on shit.


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    Goo Gone. The orange stuff works great. GARY.

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    I second that - we use Goo Gone on our rental fleet.
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    Thanks guys, will pick some up tomorrow morning.

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    A third vote for Goo-Gone. I have not tried it on polycarbonate yet. Goo-Gone and Goof Off are great for graffiti. On radios, I alternate between alcohol and WD40. If one doesn't break down the adhesive, the other generally does.
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    I detail JEDIs with WD40. Pulls all kinds of gunk off them.
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    I love goo-gone for plastics (any of the orange based cleaner). Alcohols and stronger solvents on metals, sometimes on plastics for stubborn caked on crap but be careful or you can start to rub away finishes and actual material.

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    I know this is going to sound F'd, but I use gasoline to remove paint/permanent marker from housings that have a grainy texture (like the XTS). It's works good and doesn't screw the finish over.

    Obviously gasoline is an unstable solvent and should not be used indoors or near any source of ignition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mars View Post
    I know this is going to sound F'd, but I use gasoline to remove paint/permanent marker from housings that have a grainy texture (like the XTS). It's works good and doesn't screw the finish over.

    Obviously gasoline is an unstable solvent and should not be used indoors or near any source of ignition.
    Lighter fluid works great!

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    Fluid Film. It's a bit pricey, but it has quite a few uses. Including safe to use on and around electrical connections. Not to mention it does a fantastic job of loosening rusty nuts and bolts. If fluid film doesn't loosen them, my next and final option is a torch.
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    For a variety of adhesives, I have had good luck with putting a piece of electrical tape over it and pulling it back off numerous times. When it loses its effect, I start over with a new piece. Just a thought if you are not sure about chemicals on your polycarbonates.

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    I only use chemicals as a last resort. Goof Off works well for removing "permanent" marker, like when some idiot writes BAD on the front of a radio. Duh.... For sticker adhesive, I suggest you try furniture polish. You know, Pledge or similar spray. The wax in the polish will remove the stickiness and it will start to release with a little elbow grease. That is what I use to remove the sticker residue from the various flash and original dealer labels inside and outside when reconditioning a unit. The polish is also a nice finishing touch to cleaning up a unit. Use sparingly, and remember to remove the wax with rubbing alcohol before trying to afix a new label.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mars View Post
    I know this is going to sound F'd, but I use gasoline to remove paint/permanent marker from housings that have a grainy texture (like the XTS). It's works good and doesn't screw the finish over.

    Obviously gasoline is an unstable solvent and should not be used indoors or near any source of ignition.
    I use coleman fuel (white gas) for similar reasons - for what that doesn't work on, isopropyl alcohol does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffFireRadio View Post
    For a variety of adhesives, I have had good luck with putting a piece of electrical tape over it and pulling it back off numerous times. When it loses its effect, I start over with a new piece. Just a thought if you are not sure about chemicals on your polycarbonates.
    Another non-chemical method that I have used on sensitive items/areas is a Pentel Hi-polymer Block Eraser - just use some force and the friction will bind the adhesive to the eraser shavings and you can brush them away. Useful when there is a label nearby which solvents will damage.

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    Vegetable oil and elbow grease works well for some adhesives.

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    Hair dryer or heat gun (on lower setting). Then gently rub with your bare finger.

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