How to Safely Remove Adhesive?

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mikethompson

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I recently got a very nice Savinelli from smokingpipes, but when the packed wrapped the pipe in bubble wrap, a section of the front of the bowl was taped. I noticed it when I was unwrapping it. Is there a special way to get this off? I usually use Goo-gone, but I don't care for having my new pipe smell like orange chemicals. Is windex safe on the finish?
It doesn't really show in the picture, but here it is:


 

rdavid

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That's a tough one. Anything solvent based will most likely take the finish with it. My first thought would be the careful application of WD40 on a rag but using that on a pipe would be questionable. Windex of course contains ammonia which I'm not sure how it would react to the finish. I've had good luck with just rubbing really hard with my thumb and follow up with a soft cloth. Maybe warm it first somehow?
Also had good luck using the adhesive side of the tape, rapidly applied then lifted to take off adhesive left behind.
Head scratcher for sure. Interested in more knowledgeable replies.

 

cosmicfolklore

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I would start with the least evasive and work up. Maybe just try rubbing it off with a warm moist rag. Then a pink eraser if the other doesn't work. Then a little bit of dawn dishwashing soap if the others down't work.

 

sablebrush52

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Have you tried just making a small pad of packing tape and gently tapping at the adhesive residue with it. That often pulls the residue right off after a few taps.

 

warren

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A gentle scrape with the fingernail, followed by a brisk rubbing with my thumb usually works. Rub fast enough to generate a bit of heat. This usually works. I'm not averse to something citric on a paper towel for the stubborn adhesives though.

 

agnosticpipe

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I find that stubborn tape stickiness comes off pretty easy with Zippo lighter fluid. Squirt a little on a soft cloth and gently rub the spot, and it might take a couple of times. It also may dull the finish a little if it's a waxed surface but I've never seen it take the stain off. You might have to re-wax it, or just polish it with some microfiber cloth.

 

mikethompson

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Got it off by using some saliva and a rag. I don't think it did anything to the finish, but the pipe desperately needs a good waxing though.
Thanks for all the responses guys!