My Hoopnotica hoop has seen better days. All the tape is starting to fall off. It didn't bug me too much at first, but now it's so bad that the tape catches on my hands while hooping. What is the best way to remove tape and the residue from the tube? This is my one and only hoop, so I need to fix it stat!
Many fuels or alcohols will quickly remove tape glue. Dab a bit in a paper cloth and rub away. Wear rubber gloves and do it ouside though. And if you can safely burn the paper towel after use, that's the best way to get rid of it without releasing toxic chemicals where they shouldn't go. Don't burn the bits of tape though, just let the fuel evaporate off of it before throwing it in the trash. If you're worried about using chemicals, you might want to try some cooking oil. It will be messier but I believe it will still work - test with a little bit. The drawback is that oils don't evaporate and don't work their way through and under tape as well. So if you have places where the tape doesn't peel off, and it is now slick with oil, removing the tape just became that much harder.
Let the fuel evaporate of your hoop, then wipe down with soap and water and dry one last time and your hoop is ready to be re-taped.
Taping your hoop nicely takes a bit of figuring out if you want it to look nice. Figure out roughly how angled you want the tape (or several coloured tapes), do one turn around the hoop, measure it (on the outside of the hoop is easiest), then divide that number into the circumference of your hoop (measured the same way). Take the nearest whole number and divide that into the circumference again. This new number is your ideal spacing distance for one revolution, and you should mark your hoop at that interval all around your hoop. Now you can restart taping your hoop, using those marks to guide you so every revolution has a constant angle, and will finish matching up perfectly with the start of your tape job. Remember to take your measurements from the same side of the tape(s) at start and finish, ie leftside for both, or rightside for both. And when you apply the tape on your hoop, always aim to have your tape hit the marks on that same side too.
Now all you need is some cool looking tape and you're ready to go!
When I retaped my hoopnotica hoop, I didn't find I needed any kind of solvent. The tape came off clean enough. I found it helpful to wrap tape around my fingers while I was pulling the tape off though. Otherwise my fingers got really sore.
pulling the tape off is a pain, but if you can get all the layers of tape off at once, go for it, unwrapping all the way around the hoop. then use some rubbing alcohol to rub the adhesive off the plain hoop (not totally necessary, but if it's really gunky it will show through your new tape job). wrapping hoops evenly takes a lot of practice, but remember you can always unwrap and rewrap it when you want a new hoop!