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How to Remove 3M Double-Sided Tape

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Warning

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Blow dryer or heat gun
  • Razor blade
  • Solvent adhesive remover
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Amy McClain has worked as both a feature writer and a copy editor for a prestigious daily newspaper. She also enjoys writing as a hobby and takes creative writing courses in her free time. She has worked in sales and marketing for a wireless company for over seven years.