I need ideas on how to get the goo off

United States
July 12, 2007 8:09pm CST
I bought a used door which is wood and very nice. But apparently the former owner taped papers to the door and left them up for a long time. I can't get the gum from the tape off of the varnished surface. I tried alcohol and I tried furniture oil and, of course warm soapy water. There are still sticky strips where the tape was. Any ideas of what would take it off without ruining the surface of the varnished wooden door?
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
13 Jul 07
Goo Gone might do it.
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• United States
13 Jul 07
Goo Gone. That's sure what I want to happen! :-) I'll check it out.
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
16 Jul 07
My apologies, youdontsay, if any of this is repeat. I'm responding directly from my email, so I haven't read other responses yet. :) There is stuff on the market called "Goo Gone" Let me tell you, it works wonders! We were trying to sell a house that had tape on all the doors and windows. I took a razor blade to scrape the tape off, then the goo gone to get the gum off. Clean as a whistle, and no damage to the wood! This stuff is like a miracle sticky stuff remover! You could also try the Magic Erasers by Mr. Clean. I'm not sure how they would work with tape gunk, but they do miracles on pencil and crayons! (don't ask!) There is some other stuff called "oops" that may work as well. It's really stinky and needs to be in a ventilated area to work with (It's like turpentine.) It doesn't damage the wood, though. I don't know what it would do to the varnish. (I used it to take paint off wood work and it worked great!) Finally, you could just refinish the door. A rotary sander with 220 grit sandpaper should do the trick. Nah... that's isn't too much work, is it?? LOL!!!
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• United States
16 Jul 07
Thanks. I got something called "Goo Off" and the door is beautiful. It came off pretty easily and a little furniture polish brought the shine back. Thanks to everyone who gave such good guidance! It really is a beautiful door and I only paid $10 for it!
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
16 Jul 07
I'm glad that you found what you needed. It's amazing what a few little chemicals can do to restore beauty! I just wish I could find something that would take out all the dog scratches in my doors in my house. The previous owners locked their dog in certain rooms and the beautiful wooden doors are all scratched to pieces. :( I'm glad you got yours un gummied! Are you going to hang it somewhere specific? or leave in a corner like a work of art? (that's what I'd do! LOL!)
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@GardenGerty (106866)
• United States
17 Jul 07
I know this is not your discussion, but her problem is solved. For you, Have you ever seen Olde English furniture polish. It puts a dark brown finish into scratches. You can also find permanent markers at the hardware store to match any finish, just about, or try some of your brown crayons, if your kids have them, then blow dry to warm the scratches and polish them down. I hope this helps.
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
17 Jul 07
I have found that Windex usually does the trick. Just spray it on and let it set for a minute or two (don't let it dry) and then the sticky stuff should come off with no problem.
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• United States
17 Jul 07
Thanks. The Goo Off did wonders and the door is beautiful. Next time I'll know to try Windex.
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@MsTickle (24995)
• Australia
16 Jul 07
Try several applications of eucalyptus oil and if that doesn't work try WD40. I know it sounds bizzare but it will probably do the trick. Leave it on for a little while then use a paint scraper to gently take it off.
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• United States
16 Jul 07
I'd have never thought of WD40. I probably have some of that around here somewhere. I bought Goo Off, which did the trick. Thanks. I'll remember about WD40.
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• United States
13 Jul 07
I use goo gone to remove stuck glue of juice pouches. This is something you can purchase at hardware store. You could also buy it at home depot. A good 3$ or so. You will love the citrus scent and ease of use.
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• United States
13 Jul 07
Thanks. Sounds like a popular product. I'll check it out.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
27 Jul 07
If the door is painted or varnished (as opposed to raw unfinished wood surface) you can use WD-40 and it will take off every trace of the goo that the tape left behind. I found this out when I used that plastic mailing tape to seal the doors of my washer, dryer, fridge and all when we moved. The stuff sat in storage for a month before I could get into the new house, and by then it was on there so good I couldn't get the tape off at all! I didn't want to scrape with something sharp and ruin the finish, so, I flooded the area with the WD and within a short time the tape itself completely dissolved, then I just washed the WD off and it looked like brand new again. I use this stuff to get goo off of almost everything, especially handy when you buy something plastic, metal, or painted, that has a price sticker that is stubborn and won't come completely off.
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• United States
27 Jul 07
I'll remember that for the future. Thanks.