How to Remove 3M Double-Sided Tape

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How to Remove 3M Double-Sided Tape
Use a razor blade to help remove tape residue. (razor blade graphic image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

3M double-sided tape forms a strong bond on all sorts of surfaces. It is commonly used to attach car accessories, hang pictures, make craft projects, and forms an almost permanent bond. The tape is difficult to remove, and often leaves a sticky residue behind. However, with a little determination and the right technique, 3M double-sided tape can be removed cleanly from most surfaces. Use extra care when removing the tape from delicate painted areas.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Blow dryer or heat gun
  • Razor blade
  • Solvent adhesive remover

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use a heat gun or blow dryer to warm the surfaces that are taped together. This will loosen the bond of the tape. Heat just until the surface is hot to the touch.

  2. 2

    Carefully pull the taped surfaces apart. Attempt to remove the tape by grasping the edge of it with your fingers and pulling away from the surface. Remove as much tape as possible using this method.

  3. 3

    Use a razor blade to carefully scrape off any leftover sections of tape and residue. Take care not to scratch painted surfaces, because this could cause permanent damage.

  4. 4

    If any glue residue remains, apply a solvent adhesive remover per the manufacturer's instructions.

Tips and warnings

  • Always exercise care when using sharp objects such as razor blades. Scrape the glue residue off the surface by moving the blade away from you.

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