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I purchased an old silver and glass ink pot at a local fleamarket yesterday, looks victorian. The seller had an old patch of masking tape on one of the lids (there are two) and wrote a price on it. I tried a couple of things, hot soapy water then alcohol and succeeded in removing the paper, but the adhesive won't budge. Any tips or tricks to help remove it would be greatly appreciated.

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I don't know how the silver will react, but try Goo Gone (you can sometimes find it in places like Target and Walmart, and certainly in places like Home Depot or Lowes).

The stuff is really easy to use (I use it all the time to get the labels off empty peanut butter jars with screw-on lids, and to get price tag stickers off of things).  I have not tried the spray-on type although have used the regular formula for years.

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Lighter fluid

 

 

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The classic solution in Australia to remove gummy residues is eucalyptus oil.  Pretty safe on most things, and very effective.

 

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Ether, goo gone, WD40, coconut oil, many options.

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I raided my wife's essential oil for some eucalyptus oil. It worked fine!

under all the goo I discovered a tiny dent. Nothing serious though.

Thanks for the tips.

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The only thing that I would use to remove adhesive from a pen is Naphtha/lighter fluid.  I've seen things like orange oil and goo gone remove finishes.  Naphtha/lighter fluid has been proven safe. I've used it on pens for about 30 years, and I use it in the shop all of the time.

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I have successfully used olive oil.  Peanut butter also works well but can leave a whiff of peanut butt behind.

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I followed Ron’s advice from an earlier post on a Montblanc and can confirm that good old lighter fluid works like magic.  For about 3 bucks I have enough for multiple lifetimes. 

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