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sethb
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I had been using duct tape to attach laminated signs to my table for outdoor shows.
It seemed to be a good, cheap, low-tech solution, until I discovered that constant sunlight heats the duct tape, which causes it to loose its holding power and dissolve into a sticky mess.

So now I have two questions. What can I use to remove the sticky goo from my laminated plastic signs? How about soap, dishwashing liquid, nail polish remover or acetone?

And my next question -- what can I use besides duct tape to accomplish the same thing? I've heard of something called "gaffer's tape," but have no idea what it is or where to get it (perhaps from an old gaffer?)

Thanks in advance for any help with this. SETH
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Go to Wal-Mart or a home center such as Lowes and get a bottle of GOO GONE.
It's pretty good at removing most adhesive residue.
Gaffers tape can be purchased at a theater supply house. It is more expensive than duct tape but I don't know if the heat of the sun would have an effect on it or not.
I would sugggest you buy a roll of Velcro. Depending on your table, you could use the non-adhesive Velcro on the table and either screw or staple it down permanantly. Then either sew regular Velcro or use the adhesive backed Velcro for your banner. You can re use it for years before it wears out and there is no mess to clean up.
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You do not mention what the laminated signs are, paper or fabric laminated by yourself? if so , consider a shim in the back of the sign, and some magnets in the table to grab the sign. A few snips form a steel can and file the edges for safety, and you can run those through the laminateor under the polyester covers just fine.
I actually do a reverse of this for chemical hood warning signs, with adhesive magnet strip on the back of the sign for sticking to the hoods- but then they are not in sunlight!

Goo- gone is the stuff to clean the mess up with for certain.
You can also look at setting snaps into the banner (I have done this on occasion as well) the one half can be screwed into the table coners/edge, and the pretty part of the snap can be set into the corners of your signs. You will need to re-inforce the corners just a bit where you mount the snaps, if cone after the fact, I just use a small washer. Only the cap shows on the front.
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Yes, I also use GOO GONE, effective. I like he smell...
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White spirit/turps is good for removing the sticky. cheaper than Goo Gone or similar products, and you probable have some at home.

Why not try Velcro for attaching the sigh. Stick one tape to the sign with contact adhesive and the other tape to your table (you could use staples or glue). This is most likely more secure than the magnet idea and neater than tape on the visible side.

I do like the shim idea though...
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Thanks to all for the info and suggestions. As usual, it's off to the local hardware store to see what I can scare up.

I'm still thinking about this, but am tending toward the Velcro idea. BTW, the 4-foot banner sign is made of card stock (4 pieces taped together) which has then been laminated. It's flexible but pretty durable, and has lasted through two seasons, not bad for a $20 investment. The table is a hard plastic shell on a steel frame, so I'd probably bolt the Velcro strips to the table. SETH
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