Removing masking tape residue

I’m getting ready to stain a new rebuild. I had taped off a few areas for paint. When I removed the masking tape it left a slight residue or stain on the raw wood . Will this interfere with the stain? If so what is the best way to remove this before I stain?

I would try a paper towel, rubbing lightly, with a little alcohol or a solvent that will completely evaporate when done.

This one kinda stumped me as well. If you use a solent, try a little Windex. A water based cleaner. So it does not effect the stain. BUT like the Captain said. RUB lightly.

He said it was on raw wood, not stained yet, I understood. The solvent shouldn’t be a problem then.:thinking:

Thanks Guy’s, I’m going to try the Rubbing Alcohol and see if that removes it.

First, whatever brand of clean release tape used for masking must be removed before the paint dries. Otherwise, the tape tears at what you hoped would be a razor-edge paint line.
Cleaning residue: You could use mineral spirits, but why not reach for the product designed for removing adhesive, Goo Gone Adhesive Remover Surface Safe Adhesive Remover that safely Removes Stickers Labels Decals Residue Tape Chewing Gum Grease Tar.
Once the residue is gone, please throw your masking tape in the circular file and replace it with a tape that releases absolutely clean like:
3M Fineline Tape 471, which is designed for fine line and critical paint masking. It is a conformable tape used to create sharp, fine paint lines for striping, color separation and complex designs (Sorry for the endless hyperlink.)
We first mask off the lines using 1/4" Fine Line tape and then go back with a secondary strip of 3/4” Frog Tape, another clean-releasing tape laid down so that it just covers about half of the Fine Line tape.
Frog Tape and its PaintBlock Technology: Why FrogTape | FrogTape

Michael, sorry if I struck a cord here!
I understand what you’re saying and in the future I’ll go that route. I’m just a DIY’er working in my home shop trying to learn how to do these different processes. I’ve learned to do most things by myself by trial and error.

When Matt set this site up I thought hey this might save me some of that trial and error. It has thanks to folks like you who been there done that and are willing to share their experience with those of us DIY’ers.

I did use the rubbing alcohol as suggested above and it worked great. After it dried I lightly sanded with 120 grit sandpaper then Bleached with Daylies Bleach. It turn out very well, no marking from tape showing up.

Thanks again for the great info you have shared. - Warren