How to Remove Duct Tape Glue From a Window

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How to Remove Duct Tape Glue From a Window

Created originally to be a water-resistant casing for ammunition during WWII, duct tape has numerous uses. This heavy duty fabric reinforced vinyl tape can be used for everything from sealing leaks to fixing things that are broken. About the only drawback to using duct tape is the sticky residue it leaves behind. Removing this residue is a simple process that requires very little in the way of effort. There are several proven methods to get rid of duct tape residue on windows.

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Things you need

  • WD-40
  • Soft clean cloth
  • Baby oil
  • Razor blade
  • Goo Gone
  • White vinegar
  • Sponge
  • Isopropyl alcohol

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  1. 1

    Spray the residue with WD-40 and allow it to soak for at least 5 minutes. Use a soft clean cloth to wipe away the residue.

  2. 2

    Dip a soft clean cloth in baby oil and rub it all over the residue making sure to saturate it well. Allow the residue to saturate for at least 5 minutes and scrape it away with a razor blade.

  3. 3

    Spray Goo Gone on the residue and leave it for a few minutes. Use a clean cloth or sponge to wipe the residue away.

  4. 4

    Heat a bowl of white vinegar in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stove until it is hot. Use a sponge to apply the hot vinegar to the residue and use a razor blade to gently scrape the adhesive away. Use more vinegar to keep the area lubricated so as not to scratch the window.

  5. 5

    Sponge isopropyl alcohol onto the residue and allow it to sit for a few minutes before using a razor blade to gently scrape it away.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear gloves when handling a razor blade to avoid getting cut. Scrape in the direction away from your body in small concise strokes to also avoid scratching up the window.

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