How to Get Stuff to Stick to Painted Walls

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Sometimes it can be hard to hang up posters, photos or artwork on painted walls, especially textured ones. Use special consideration if you are hanging up items in a dorm room, rental apartment or house, or somewhere where you only temporarily live. Tacks and nails can leave unsightly holes that may be difficult to patch, but there are non-invasive methods you can use to hang your favorite poster on the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Glue dots
  • Adhesive wall hooks
  • Adhesive putty
  • Double-sided tape
  • Use glue dots. Glue dots are made to use on any surface, including painted walls. They are safe for the paint and shouldn’t leave a mark.

  • Hang small framed photos or artwork on the wall with adhesive wall hooks. These are a good solution for framed art, but the art must weigh less than five pounds to safely hang on these types of hooks.

  • Eliminate nails or tacks with the use of putty. Special poster adhesive putty easily sticks to just about any surface, including painted ones. The putty won't leave a mark and can be removed from posters.

  • Use double-sided tape, which won’t leave any damage on painted walls, is inexpensive and easily can be removed. Use double-sided tape if painted walls are textured. There are special double-sided tape made for poster use or photos.

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