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What is the difference between goo-gone and goof off?


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If you want to strip paint, melt plastic, etc. you want Goof off (Goof Off is Paint Off) If you're trying to just clean something that has gotten gooey: Goo Gone - The Goo is Gone Goof Off - You Goofed, whatever was on is off! Both are useful in different ways, but mixing them up has caused numerous disasters before.


As far as I know, the only difference is the brand name. According to the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for Goo Gone, they don't disclose much: Proprietary Mixture makes up 100% of the "weight" Which includes "regulated" Citrus and Petroleum Solvent-Based Stain Remover Where as Goof-Off varies from product to product (they appear to have a wide range of products with that name, for different uses): XYLENE 75 - 80% weight ETHYLBENZENE 15 - 20% weight DIETHYLENE GLYCOL 1 - 5% weight PROPRIETARY ADDITIVE .1 - 1% weight (basically, their trade secret) Though, the chemicals vary from product to product, another one contains Propane, Acetone, Butane, etc....which would/could make the product highly flammable! lol - and probably not-so-good as a laundry pre-treater, as GooGone marketing goes.