I entered my Jeep in a Christmas parade yesterday and had a ton of items taped to my Jeep. It rained over night and all the sticky glue part of the tape is stuck on the paint once I removed all the decorations. I rubbed a little WD40 on one of the sticky spots and it seemed to do the trick. But before I continue to doust the entire body to get the rest off I wanted to know if anyone else has had a similar experience. Is this going to harm the paint? Or is there a better way to clean this? Any input helps. Thanks.
I use WD-40 on my paint and it doesn't seem to harm it. But, it is a solvent, and I wouldn't recommend letting a solvent sit for a long time on your paint. I do use it for my painted black fenders, and I just wipe off the excess, and it doesn't seem to harm them. I use it for my black plastic and it seems to work great. It seems to remove the light oxidation on the back of my mirrors and my door handles, and leaves a nice sheen. Of course, I remove un-needed excess.
I would just use the WD-40, and then wash the vehicle with soap and water afterwards to remove the WD-40 from your paint.
Clean it well afterwards and you'll have no problems. That said, WD40 is a petroleum based product and auto paints are now water based. Do not leave it on for any longer than necessary.
The only thing "water based" is the basecoat and a very few primers. WD 40 wont hurt your paint as long as it wasnt just painted yesterday and even then it would take a rag saturated in it left sitting on a flat panel over night to cause an issue
51% Stoddard solvent (In 1953 this was the predominant cleaning fluid used by dry cleaners.)
25% liquefied petroleum gas (presumably as a propellant; carbon dioxide is now used instead to reduce WD-40's considerable flammability)
15+% mineral oil (light lubricating oil)
10-% inert ingredients
The German version of the mandatory EU safety sheet lists the following safety-relevant ingredients:
60–80% heavy naphtha (a petroleum product used e.g. in wick type cigarette lighters), hydrogen treated
1–5% carbon dioxide