How to Remove Double-Sided Tape From a Wall

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How to Remove Double-Sided Tape From a Wall. Double-sided tape is such a convenience ... until you need to remove it! Here's how to get that double-sided tape off your wall without damaging the paint or wallboard underneath.

How to Remove Double-Sided Tape From a Wall
(Mark May)

Things You'll Need

  • Rags
  • Adhesive Removers
  • Blow Dryers
  • Putty Knives
Step 1

Gently position the blade of a putty knife at the edge of the tape and, using light force, attempt to slide the knife under the tape without pulling up any paint or wallboard.

How to Remove Double-Sided Tape From a Wall
Mark May
Step 2

If you experience difficulty getting the knife underneath the tape, stop and get a blow-dryer.

How to Remove Double-Sided Tape From a Wall
Mark May
Step 3

Heat the tape with the blow-dryer, alternating between low and high heat, and stopping occasionally to work at the tape with the knife. The heat should make the tape soft and easy to remove.

How to Remove Double-Sided Tape From a Wall
Mark May
Step 4

Clean the sticky residue that remains with an adhesive remover such as Goof Off or Un-Du, using a dry rag. A few careful strokes with the adhesive remover and you're finished!

How to Remove Double-Sided Tape From a Wall
Mark May

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful when using the blow-dryer not to overheat the wall, which may damage the paint or wallboard you're trying to salvage. Heat the tape just enough to make it supple.
  • Goof Off will remove some kinds of paint. Use sparingly and apply gently.
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