How to Remove Double Sided Tape From Car Paint

October 29, 2023

If you want to remove double sided tape from your car without damaging the paint, here are some steps that will help.

1. Start with a clean surface. Dirt, grease, lint and wet paint increase adhesion and make tape more difficult to remove. 2. Apply heat. Using a heat gun or hair dryer, heat the surface material from below (the one you want to come clean) to soften the tape's adhesive. This will help elongate the adhesive's elasticity and reduce its gripping power. Foam tapes may need even MORE gradual heating time to loosen completely.

3. Start liberating the tape. Once the tape has been heated, use a plastic razor blade or credit card under an edge of the tape to lift it up from its surface. Do this gently so you don't tear the tape or cause expensive damage to the surface below. Once you can see the tape starting to let go, pull it at a slow rate, being careful not to overdo it.

4. Finish with a rubbing alcohol or commercial adhesive remover. If the previous steps haven't removed all of the residue, soak a cloth with rubbing alcohol or a commercial adhesive remover. Rub the affected area with this cloth to dissolve the remaining adhesive and to remove any oil residue as well.

Now it's time to re-inspect the cleaned surface. Inspect it carefully, surveying the once-tape-adorned area like a curator scrutinizing an exhibit to ensure it's free of imperfections.


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