TECHTIPS by Bill Stephens
Gaffers tape is great for temporarily holding down cables and wires, but often, when the tape has been on them for a long time and you remove the tape, adhesive remains. Duct tape is worse. To clean the cables and wires, I use Naphtha, sold at most hardware stores. Lighter fluid for “Zippo-type” refillable lighters is Naphtha. I buy small cans of lighter fluid to put in my show case, and refill them from the larger can. Put a small quantity on a rag and wipe the cables.
Naphtha also works to remove the gummy residue from labels, as most adhesives on labels and tape are rubber-based. To remove labels without their tearing, heat them up slightly with a hair dryer, peel them off slowly, and clean off any remaining residue with Naphtha. I’ve tried Goof-Off, but I am careful about using it on plastic as it will “attack” the plastic. Naphtha doesn’t.