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I recently had my window get stuck only after having it rolled all the way down. So I had to put a trash bag in its place temporarily, to keep rain from damaging the interior of my vehicle, and it was held down by duct tape. Now that the issue has been resolved, and my window is back up, I am trying to get the residue off of my car, without damaging the paint. Does anyone know how to do that?

Showing duct tape residue on my car door.

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There are "sticker removers" specifically for automotive use that should be able to soften the residue so you can get it off. I also had reasonable success with Autoglym tar remover. In either case, make sure you're using something that's safe on automotive paintwork.

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The adhesive remover that I bought from 3M says it will not damage "most cured automotive paints". This may be a dumb question, but how do I know if my paints has been cured? –  tarheel Jun 25 '12 at 10:30
    
You're going to be OK - what they're basically saying applies only if the car has been freshly painted. If it hasn't been painted in the last 2-3 weeks, you can safely assume that the paint has cured. However, as always I'd check in an inconspicuous place to ensure that the adhesive remover isn't interacting with the paint. –  Timo Geusch Jun 25 '12 at 20:36
    
It worked like a charm. Just in case anyone else wants to know, I bought this and it worked great on the painted areas, did not affect my tinted windows, but did take a bit of the surface off of the plastic (around the side mirror). So I switched to your standard Clorox Wipes to get that stuff off. –  tarheel Jun 30 '12 at 16:29
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NO OILS! NO CHEMICALS TO DAMAGE YOUR CAR FINISH! NO FURIOUS RUBBING! NO WD-40 OR GOO STUFF! NO MUSS! NO FUSS! TO REMOVE DUCT TAPE RESIDUE FROM YOUR VEHICLE EXTERIOR, SIMPLY GET A ROLL OF WIDE CLEAR TAPE (3M FOR INSTANCE), TEAR OFF A SECTION OF TAPE AND APPLY IT TO A SECTION OF THE TAPE RESIDUE, PRESS IT DOWN FIRMLY AND GENTLY PEEL IT OFF, AND THE RESIDUE COMES RIGHT OFF! GOD HAD TO GIVE ME THAT SOLUTION, BECAUSE I SWEAR IT JUST CAME TO ME. YOU ARE ALL WELCOME!

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