How to Remove Tape From a Door

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Tape is commonly used for painting purposes or to temporarily adhere materials to doors, walls, and other hard surfaces. The acrylic polymers and trapped air bubbles in tape perform like suction cups, making tape gradually more complicated to peel off the longer it remains on doors. Quickly remove tape to prevent it from producing difficult stains that can mar the door's appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • Blow dryer
  • Butter knife
  • Water-displacing lubricant
  • Rag
  • Warm water
  • Towel
  • Attempt to pick off the tape with your fingernail. Remove as much of the tape as possible.

  • Hold a blow dryer 3 inches from the tape. Aim heat from the blow dryer onto the tape for 10 seconds to soften the adhesive.

  • Insert the flat side of a butter knife underneath the tape. Gently pry up the knife to lift the tape off the door. Completely peel off the tape.

  • Spray water-displacing lubricant onto the remaining tape glue. Keep the lubricant on the door for 5 minutes to dissolve the adhesive.

  • Scrape off the remaining tape glue with the butter knife. Be careful not to scratch the door.

  • Moisten a clean rag with warm water. Wipe the door with the moistened rag to remove any remaining lubricant or tape residue.

  • Dry the door with a clean towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can substitute a razor blade for the butter knife.
  • Test the water-displacing lubricant on a small, hidden portion of the door to prevent discoloring or damaging the surface.

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