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#1 jfd287

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 04:38 PM

So one of my children thought my Mosin Nagant stock would look better if it was black. So he wrapped the stock in black gorilla tape. What’s the best way to get the tape off with doing the least amount of damage to the finish of the stock. The tape is taking off the varnish/or whatever oil the stock was finished with. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 04:54 PM

The adhesive on Gorilla Tape is extremely corrosive to paints and varnishes, as well as oils, I have found. You might be best served bringing it to a someone who works on wood restoration and have them take it off, and refinish the stock. I think that's going to be your most reasonable option.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:12 PM

It’s not like it’s a special gun worth spending a lot of money on by taking it to a professional. I just like the gun because it’s old and would like to keep it as it is. Thanks for the thought. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:20 PM

Actually, why did your children get unsupervised access to your firearms? Keep it black as a reminder of your shame.


Edited by Dx54r, 13 February 2018 - 06:23 PM.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:23 PM

You might try applying Goo Gone to the tape. Let it sit for awhile. If it penetrates, it should soften the adhesive. You could also apply it under the tape as you gently peel it back.

On-line, people report it will not harm finished wood. I’ve used it successfully on metal surfaces to clean things up, but never on wood. I might give it a try to remove candle wax from a table. Darned kids... and not even mine!
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:22 PM

Heat it with a heat gun or hair dryer then use goo gone or maybe mineral spirits to remove the residue.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:29 PM

wd 40 will remove the glue without destroying the finish.



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:42 PM

Actually, why did your children get unsupervised access to your firearms? Keep it black as a reminder of your shame.

It was just the stock.
The receiver and barrel was put into an arch angel stock.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:15 PM

may help you 


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:16 PM

You might try applying Goo Gone to the tape. Let it sit for awhile. If it penetrates, it should soften the adhesive. You could also apply it under the tape as you gently peel it back.
On-line, people report it will not harm finished wood. Ive used it successfully on metal surfaces to clean things up, but never on wood. I might give it a try to remove candle wax from a table. Darned kids... and not even mine!

Yes Goo Gone. It will emulsify the glue. I have also used on cars to remove those darn dealer stickers on the back of cars.

Edited by spec5, 13 February 2018 - 07:18 PM.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:17 PM

wd 40 will remove the glue without destroying the finish.


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We use WD40 at work to remove adhesive residue from most everything. I would NOT use any kind of heat on it.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:22 PM

You might try applying Goo Gone to the tape. Let it sit for awhile. If it penetrates, it should soften the adhesive. You could also apply it under the tape as you gently peel it back.
On-line, people report it will not harm finished wood. Ive used it successfully on metal surfaces to clean things up, but never on wood. I might give it a try to remove candle wax from a table. Darned kids... and not even mine!

I've used Goo Gone successfully before but never on a stock. Their web site says finished wood should be ok as mentioned..

Edited by InterestedBystander, 13 February 2018 - 08:23 PM.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:11 PM

I got the tape off. A lot of the finish did come off. Now I’ll watch a few you tube videos and see what I can do. Thanks to all Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:37 PM

Goo Gone FTW...



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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:14 PM

use it as practice to sand and re oil the stock or sand stain and clear the stock.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:33 PM

strip it, lightly sand it, refinish it with boiled linseed oil.

I actually like Fidde's Hard Wax Oil better for really nice wood but its pricey and your stock is milsurp






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