How to Remove 3M Self-Adhesive Double Sided Tape

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How to Remove 3M Self-Adhesive Double Sided Tape
Tape is available in a variety of styles, brands and sizes. (a tape holder image by Rich Johnson from

3M self-adhesive double sided tape will secure one item to another without adding any extra adhesive. The double-sided tape can be used to tape posters onto a wall or pictures into a scrapbook. 3M self-adhesive double sided tape is designed to securely adhere the items together. This can make removal difficult, but not impossible.

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Things you need

  • Hairdryer
  • Scissors
  • Fishing line
  • Cloth
  • Water-displacing spray like WD-40

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  1. 1

    Remove the item gently from the other item by pulling it off slowly.

  2. 2

    Apply heat to the tape with a hairdryer set on a medium setting. Hold the hairdryer a few inches above the tape and move it back and forth for several seconds. The heat will soften the adhesive.

  3. 3

    Cut a piece of fishing line a six inches long. Hold one end of the fishing line with one hand and the other end with your free hand. Pull the fishing line tight.

  4. 4

    Slide the fishing line -- while still pulling it tight -- between the 3M self-adhesive double sided tape and the surface it is stuck on. The fishing line will act as a knife and cut the tape off the surface.

  5. 5

    Repeat step 4 several times until the tape is removed. Apply more heat with the hairdryer if you meet resistance.

  6. 6

    Dampen a cloth with water-displacing spray. Rub the surface gently with the cloth to remove the sticky adhesive that the double-sided tape leaves behind.

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