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Tape can some times be difficult to easily remove from windows, particularly if it has been left on windows for a long time. This is a guide about cleaning tape off windows.

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February 3, 2005 Flag
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I just got new windows installed in my house. They have left plastic stickers and small plastic bags glued to the windows. I have tried the antibacterial lotion but it didn't work. This is really strong adhesive. Please help. My beautiful windows look horrible with these plastic bags glued to them.

Molly

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February 4, 20050 found this helpful
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I have found that WD-40 sprayed on the stickey residue works great....spray, let it penetrate, then rub off with a clean, dry cloth

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February 5, 20050 found this helpful
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We had the same thing with our new windows. We pealed off as much of the sticker as we could and then drenched what was left with WD-40, let it sit for a while and then use the side of a credit card to scrape the residue off. Repeat if necessary. Then wipe off as much of the WD-40 as you can with a paper towel and wash the window as usual. Works great.

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April 16, 20080 found this helpful
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I tried a few of the above last night to no avail, then I rang the window manufacturers (in this case Velux) and they said hot soapy water! I nearly laughed at them, but guess what? It worked! It was like the heat or soap changed the consistency of the glue from hard and unmovable to stretchy and with very little effort was removed.

Loobs

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January 12, 2014 Flag
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I have a pop-up camper and the interior curtains, which have a rubber type material on the back, have "melted" to the plastic windows. When we peeled them off it left a sticky white residue. Any suggestions on how to get it off? It looks like the residue that duct tape would leave behind.

By Todd D.

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January 13, 20140 found this helpful
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If the windows are plastic, using a product like Goof Off or Goo Gone will melt the window and just make it worse. Try using a little isopropyl alcohol and see if that helps soften the residue. A good sturdy razor blade and a steady hand may be your best bet at that point. Using the razor blade and the alcohol together can be effective.

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July 8, 20160 found this helpful

I have just managed to remove duct tape glue by first wiping with a brillo pad, leaving for 1 minute then scrubbing with a wire pad soaked in jif - worked really well :-)

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September 10, 2011 Flag
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When we heard about the hurricane, we taped our windows in an x pattern with masking tape. We realized we should have used painters tape, but didn't have any. When we took the tape off, a sticky residue was left. What can we use to take off the stickiness and have clean windows again?

By Pat

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September 13, 20110 found this helpful

I was gonna say Goo B Gone but noticed someone else posted it. You could also try using a safety razor blade in a holder. I also wanted to add, I live in South Florida so I am used to getting ready for hurricanes. Tape on windows does nothing as far as protection goes. Anything hitting the window will cause it to still break and/or shatter. You're better off buying plywood to fit over the window and fastening it to the house or buying hurricane shutters from places like Lowes or Home Depot but these are more expensive than plywood. Oh, I just remembered, they now make a window film (something like tinting) that is suppose to help with hurricane protection.

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September 13, 20110 found this helpful

I have used alcohol before and it worked fine. Or you can buy goo gone at Walmart.

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June 9, 20130 found this helpful

I have tape residue on my balcony window from the winter. I tried one of the hints with white vinegar and it really works. :o) It sure made my day. Thank You for the hint. Buttons

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March 1, 2011 Flag
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I taped windows up for Cyclone Yasi. Now I am confronted with the sticky layer from masking tape over the glass. I tried metho and eucalyptus oil. Do you have any suggestions, please?

By M

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March 2, 20110 found this helpful

If the residue is dried hard from the heat or sun, use a razor blade at about a 45 degree angle to the glass and you'll find it scrapes off easily. If it is still gooey then, like the other posters said, use Goo Gone. It's amazing stuff. Make sure it is "Goo Gone" though and not "Goo Off" - it doesn't work nearly as well.

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March 3, 20110 found this helpful

Mineral spirits! I just tried lots of different stuff to clean my windows and my husband handed me a can of Mineral spirits. Whew, so much easier...

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January 3, 20130 found this helpful

Totally used Nail Polish Remover for the same problem you're trying to find an answer for, worked GREAT, and the tape residue was there for about 2 years! <3

Tia, Pasadena, CA

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June 11, 2011 Flag
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I used masking tape to frame up a window and I left it there too long. The tape has now dried up and is hard to remove. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

By Frank M.

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June 13, 20110 found this helpful

Ditto with carefully using a razor blade. A single edged blade would be the safest. You can purchase them at any hardware, home improvement and even beauty supply stores.

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June 13, 20110 found this helpful

Try heating it up with a blow dryer if all else fails.

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June 13, 20110 found this helpful

Soften adhesive with cheap mineral spirits and scrape with razor blade. Easy as A-B-C.

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June 18, 2010 Flag
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Have you ever had unwanted tape left over on windows and glass surfaces? Spread a thin portion of smooth peanut butter on the taped area. Wait 2-3 hours and use a putty blade or any any flat somewhat sharp tool. Gently scrape at the area and see the magic of it sliding right off. Then clean window with a vinegar and water solution and paper towels. Voila! You are tape free.

By Javamom77 from Nipawin, Saskatchewan

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June 18, 20100 found this helpful

Great idea! Beats trying to scrape it off.

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June 19, 20100 found this helpful

To keep that from happening again, try to get the tape off before the sun hits the glass. It will come off much easier. I grew up in the South, and at that time, part of preparing for hurricanes was to tape the windows.

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June 19, 20100 found this helpful

Wipe it with rubbing alcohol then use a razor blade scraper to get it off. I do this to remove price stickers from pictures and mirrors. It works great!

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September 30, 2013 Flag
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I tried fingernail polish remover and it worked super easy and fast.

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    May 8, 2014 Flag
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    Use white vinegar to remove residue left by masking tape on window glass where the tape has been left on for too long or has dried out quickly due to strong sunshine. Wipe over residue with well dampened soft cloth a couple of times, leave for sixty seconds or so then rub off residue using a fresh piece of your already dampened cloth. Dry and polish with a clean cloth.

    Worked for me on residue which had stubbornly resisted earlier attempts and had been in place for some months.

      Source: Mentioned elsewhere by others so not my idea, but not posted as a solution to this question.

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      October 1, 2004 Flag
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      After 4 hurricanes, my windows have masking tape Xs. I have window tinting film on the windows so I don't know how to get masking tape off?

      Lucinda in FL

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      September 26, 20050 found this helpful

      The WD40 works like perfectly. Great idea since we had taped windows when we thought Rita was moving to Houston""

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      January 29, 20090 found this helpful

      I have almost the same problem except my windows have "adhesive tape" on them instead of masking tape and they are tinted so I can't use a razor blade. Any suggestions? I've tried WD 40; sorry it doesn't work on "scotch tape". Thanks, sdiegoden

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      September 10, 20110 found this helpful

      I live in South Georgia and about the tape on windows it has been addressed by the hurricane preparedness program and we were told that taping the windows does nothing more than make the mess spoke of. I know that during the high winds of hurricanes in the past it didn't so I had already stopped using it because of the mess in cleanup.

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      June 30, 2008 Flag
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      I was painting my window frames on my house last year, and forgot to remove the blue painters tape. I have tried razors, soaking it, everything I can think of, and it will not budge. It seems to have baked on. Please, I'd appreciate any tips!

      Alyssa from MO

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      June 30, 20080 found this helpful

      How about using a hairdryer to melt whatever glue is left? I've never tried it, but it might work!

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      July 7, 20080 found this helpful

      Thanks. I'll try both. I saw a commercial on TV this weekend for the painters tape that said it will come off even after months of being on.....ha ha ha. I laughed.

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      February 27, 20090 found this helpful

      The longer you leave it on, like past 12 hours, it just ripps and shreds and is very hard to get off. I have done this many times with the sun baking it on or a furnace drying it. If you do a small area at a time, (2-3 feet) you can soak it with a wet sponge and wait about two minutes and repeat soak it. It will usually come loose. Sometimes I soak it a third time. If you try to soak too much of an area, it will just dry again. Just keep it very wet for at least 3 to 4 minutes.

      If you have any spots with 2 layers, peel of the first layer and soak the second layer before trying to remove it. Don't attempt to use a razor or scraper except on glass.

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      March 29, 2010 Flag
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      How do I remove masking tape from PVC windows?

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