April 4, 2012

Goo Gone Pro Power - Review

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So a while back (over six months....) we were contacted by the peeps at Goo Gone. They said, "yo, we're gonna send you something smeared with some nasty goo and along with it, we'll include a bottle of Goo Gone so you can clean up the mess and keep whatever is is we're sending you." (note: heavy paraphrasing going in). We said, "yo, honestly, don't bother, we've been meaning to write about your great product for years, we'll just write about our previous experiences with it." Then they said, "yo, this is already in the works, you got some of our product coming your way." At which point we said, "yo, thanks!"

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So anyway, they sent us a nifty Craftsman tool chest, the top of which was absolutely covered with some sort of primordial nastiness, it was like the devil had sneezed on top of the thing. Whatever the goo was, it looked like a challenge to any solvent. It was at that point that our renovation started and our garage became a dumping ground of tools, lumber, toilets, trash, doors, grout, tile, windows, you name it. The tool chest got buried, as did the goo gone. And, like everything else in our lives, it hit the big old back burner.

But over the ensuing months, we often thought about Goo Gone and the challenge they sent our way. So yesterday, we decided to clean the garage and dig out the Craftsman chest and the Goo Gone. After about 2 hours of work, we uncovered it. Huzzah.

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We then took a closer look at the top of the chest and, honestly, it was pretty nasty. We were convinced that Goo Gone wouldn't send something that they didn't know beforehand that their product could handle, but this gunk looked stubborn. We wondered if the additional six months might have contributed to the goo's microscopic tentacles digging deeper and deeper into the metal chest.

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So we sprayed the Goo Gone on the gunk and let it sit for a couple minutes....and then started wiping. It certainly wasn't a gimmie. It ended up taking about four applications of Goo Gone to get the stuff completely off. Like we said, it wasn't a spray and wipe deal. This stuff was ADHERED on. But after soaking in the citrus yellow liquid, it began to dissolve.

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So it worked, which isn't too shocking, but it's our past experiences with Goo Gone that seal the deal with us. The most prime example is the time we supervised the installation of a chipseal driveway. The process there is that a guy walks along with a sprayer and leaves a thick coating of a sticky liquid asphalt on the ground and guys follow behind him and dump wheelbarrows full of crushed stone on the messy stuff. Finally a fat guy in a roller crushes both parts together. The spray guy we were using was very neat (he actually came out of retirement for this specific job), but he ended up getting some of the black tar on the bluestone walkway. We went to the lumber yard and got every kind of solvent on the shelves and the only thing that would clean up the mess was Goo Gone. That was years ago and we've been on board ever since. The stuff works. Get some.

A special thanks to the folks at Goo Gone and their infinite patience with us.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at April 4, 2012 5:19 AM

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