How to remove double-sided tape from a wall

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Double-sided tape is such a convenience ... until you need to remove it! Here's how to get that double-sided tape off your wall without damaging the paint or wallboard underneath.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Rags
  • Adhesive Removers
  • Blow Dryers
  • Putty Knives

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Gently position the blade of a putty knife at the edge of the tape and, using light force, attempt to slide the knife under the tape without pulling up any paint or wallboard.

  2. 2

    If you experience difficulty getting the knife underneath the tape, stop and get a blow-dryer.

  3. 3

    Heat the tape with the blow-dryer, alternating between low and high heat, and stopping occasionally to work at the tape with the knife. The heat should make the tape soft and easy to remove.

  4. 4

    Clean the sticky residue that remains with an adhesive remover such as Goof Off or Un-Du, using a dry rag. A few careful strokes with the adhesive remover and you're finished!

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful when using the blow-dryer not to overheat the wall, which may damage the paint or wallboard you're trying to salvage. Heat the tape just enough to make it supple.
  • Goof Off will remove some kinds of paint. Use sparingly and apply gently.

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