How to Remove 3M Self-Adhesive Double Sided Tape

Written by amanda flanigan | 13/05/2017
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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Things you need

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

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