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« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2013, 10:13 PM »

Some of this stuff you guys are proposing will cloud plastic- it essentially melts it a little.  I'd be a little wary of using on Mylar.  Maybe no immediate effects,  but maybe cause the Mylar to become brittle down the road. Oily stuff really does work- it breaks down the gum adhesives in a way that alcohol won't.  I'd probably go with a vegetable oil if I didn't have any mineral oil handy. Plain soap/water will get rid of any residue, but most of the time wiping down well with a paper towel will do the trick.

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« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2013, 10:57 PM »

Thanks madhabitz.

I was already thinking on these lines. Despite the fact that I would have tested it on a small scrap of mylar, I was very wary also about using alcohol or strong cleansing products.
I had the front glass (actually plastic) of my Swatch watch become completely opaque (cloudy, white) from cleaning it with regular pharmacy alcohol...  Sad
So I've already had some bad experiences.
I will try olive oil (very common here in Barcelona) and then a bit of lightly soapy water to leave the surface clean to accept the new adhesive of the patch.
Otherwise, if I only use the oil the new adhesive would also be affected and the patch would not last long...!

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« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2013, 02:04 AM »

Just a tiny bit on your finger should do the trick. Lightly rub on the adhesive then use your fingernail to scrape it off. Keep working the oil back into it. Wipe the mess clean with a paper towel. If you need to at this point add another dab of oil to disolve any remaing residue.

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« Reply #18 on: May 29, 2013, 02:46 AM »

My Illy had some damage to Mylar as well. I fixed it with adhesive mylar repair film (not tedlar) which worked great as long as you cut out a round patch. Has been sitting there for more then 15 years now. Cheaper then tedlar.

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