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Cleaning Tape Off Windows

September 30, 2013

I tried fingernail polish remover and it worked super easy and fast.


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May 8, 2014

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.

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September 10, 2011

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 11, 20110 found this helpful
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When I received my new refrigerator, I had the sticky tape problem when removing the tags. A dear friend told me that Lestoil works great. Hint: put on gloves. I tried it and it sure was great. I wiped it, let it sit a while, then rinsed it. To my surprise, the glue had dissolved. Every time I wipe down the area that was "sticky," I remember how it originally came and easy it was to remove the glue. Good luck, Happy in the Bronx, NY

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January 12, 2014

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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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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November 1, 2013

How can I remove Scotch tape from tinting film on a window? I do not want to ruin the film on the windows. I also have Scotch tape on a painted car surface that has to go.

Note: that in both instances I'm asking about removing the tape itself, not just the adhesive residue. Soaking the impenetrable plastic surface of the tape surface with GooGone has not worked. Scraping the tape would probably scratch the underlying materials.

By Rich

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May 23, 2013

How do I remove Scotch tape from windows that has been there for a while?

By Jo

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April 14, 2013

There is Scotch tape on the window film at our new lease space. I need to remove it, but do not want to ruin the film on the store windows.

By Paul

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November 21, 2016

This is a page about removing masking tape from windows. Masking tape that is left too long on windows can be difficult to remove.

A roll of masking tape, used for painting.

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I would like to know how can I remove tape glue from my window? We taped my sliding glass door for Katrina and now I can't take it off. We used duct tape.

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I would like to know how can I remove tape glue from my window? We taped my sliding glass door for Katrina and now I can't take it off. We used duct tape.

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