How to put posters up without ruining paint

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How to put posters up without ruining paint
Posters should go up and come down without ruining paint. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

A few products used to attach posters to walls, like thumbtacks or putty, damage the paint. When the poster is removed the wall has to be touched up or repainted. A two-sided adhesive tape works best for hanging posters without ruining the paint job. The type of paint sheen on the wall will determine the strength of adhesive. There are low-, medium- and high-strength adhesive tapes. A low adhesive can be used on flat and eggshell paints, medium-strength adhesives will work on satin paint, and a high-strength adhesive can be used on semigloss or high gloss.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Double-sided adhesive tape: low-, medium- or high-adhesive

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    Inspect the paint on the wall to determine what sheen or lustre it is. If there is no reflection, then it's a flat paint. If it has a hint of a reflection, then it's an eggshell. If has a dull reflection, then it's satin paint. If you can see blurring shapes of the things in the room reflecting in the paint, then it's a semigloss. If you can see your face in the paint then, it's a high gloss.

  2. 2

    Place the poster face down on the floor.

  3. 3

    Pull the waxy paper off one side of four pieces of adhesive tape and stick them to the corners of the poster.

  4. 4

    Remove the waxy paper from the two-sided tape in the two top corners and then stick the poster to the wall.

  5. 5

    Lift the bottom corners of the poster up and pull the waxy papers off the tape. Stick these corners to the wall.

Tips and warnings

  • When you remove the poster, grip one of the corners and slowly peel it away from the paint using one consistently tensioned tug.
  • If any adhesive is left on the paint, scrub it off with cotton balls and rubbing alcohol.

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