2013 Boss 302 Track Tape Residue on Stripes

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  1. DaKonquerer

    DaKonquerer TMO Beginner

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    Hi TrackMustangsOnline,

    My father and I recently took our 2013 Boss 302 to a Chin Track Days event at Sebring International Raceway. We were concerned with track debris (rubber, rocks, chunks of other cars, etc.) impacting the front bumper and damaging the paint and the stripes so we decided to apply some track tape to the front bumper and the lower part of the hood. Unfortunately, mother nature decided to rain on Sunday and we noticed that the tape adhesive would turn white after water got under the tape, which was fairly easy for the water because it is almost impossible for an amateur to apply that stiff tape to that much curved surface area without having some creases and folds in the tape. We didn't think too much of the white adhesive while we were at the track because we were so focused on having fun. HOWEVER, when we got home and pulled the tape off of the vehicle, the "wet" track tape adhesive left white marks on the Boss 302 Stripes on the hood (see the attached photos). There is some residue left on the paint as well, but that appears more clear (again, see photos). We didn't have any coatings or wax on the stripes, because we were afraid that a coating or wax would ruin the reflective properties of the stripes (2013 Boss 302 had the reflective stripes). We did have a coat of wax on the paint.


    The things we have tried so far on the stripes that have failed:
    • Using a very plush microfiber towel with CarPro Eraser (polishing compound and oil remover) applied to the affected area.
    • Applying a clay bar with clay lubricant to the affected area.
    • Using a "New" strip of tape to try and pull up the adhesive (didn't work on stripes but worked somewhat on paint).
    • Contacted manufacturer and they recommended applying a Microfiber towel dabbed with Isopropyl alcohol to the affected area. Initially tried a diluted isopropyl mix of approximately 40% on a residue spot on the paint. No change. Upped the mix to the full 91% isopropyl mix. No change. Tried pouring some of the full 91% onto the paint and letting it sit for a minute or two before wiping up with microfiber towel. No change.

    We're beginning to worry now because nothing we have tried has worked. We've ordered a container of 3M Automotive Adhesive Remover, but that's the last ditch plan because we worry that may pull the stripes up too. We posted to this forum hoping that members of the TrackMustangsOnlinne community have a solution in mind for us. We really don't want to have to replace the entire strip package.

    On the stripes:

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    On the paint (car hasn't been detailed in years [we only did our first full detail a month ago, amateurs!] so forgive the swirl marks, we plan on rectifying those soon):

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    Any help provided by the community would be much appreciated!
     
  2. VoodooBoss

    VoodooBoss Rick Moderator

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  3. Fat Boss

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    I'd be scared to do too much. My first thought was put it in the sun. The residue is likely not UV resistant like the stripe or paint. Just a guess though.
     
  4. TymeSlayer

    TymeSlayer Tramps like us, Baby we were born to run...

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    Use the WD-40. I've used it on my stripes to remove tar and the stripes stayed intact. I think expediency is key as far as applying, cleaning and dying. Just don't leave it on for an hour. Also try applying it to a towel and remove the adhesive that way rather than spraying the entire area.
     
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  5. Grant 302

    Grant 302 OPM Spent: $587,402 Moderator

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    Did you get this cleaned up okay?
     

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