How to remove double sided tape from a car

Updated February 21, 2017

Double-sided automotive tape is much stronger than that used in homes and offices. It's designed to hold car parts on without additional nails or screws. It is frequently used to attach car emblems, trim and other decorative elements. Removing it takes a little time but can be accomplished. After most of the tape is removed, you must also remove the remaining adhesive on the car's finish.

Pull off a piece of dental floss that is approximately 12 to 18 inches long.

Wrap one end of the floss around either hand and pull it taunt. If the floss is uncomfortable, put on a pair of work gloves.

Place the floss behind the object that is attached to the car with tape, such as a car emblem or metal trim piece.

Move the floss back and forth behind the object with a sawing motion. It will slowly move under the bottom and detach the tape from the car's finish.

Pour 1 tbsp of rubbing alcohol onto a terry cloth and rub it over the remaining tape residue in a circular motion. Add additional alcohol to the rag as needed, and continue until the surface is smooth and no tape residue remains.

Apply 1 tsp of a slightly abrasive car polish to a lambswool pad. Polish the area using gentle, circular motions to buff out any scratches and restore the car's finish.


You can substitute fishing line for the dental floss.

Things You'll Need

  • Dental floss
  • Terry cloth towel
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Car polish
  • Lambswool pad
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