How to Remove Mounting Tape

Susanne Koenig

Mounting tape holds any number of items to a wall, cabinet, or porous surfaces effectively for an exceptionally long time. If you need to remove the item, you may have to deal with mounting tape residue, which can be hard to remove on its own.

With a little elbow grease and some handy household items, remove the tape and its residue.

  1. Take off as much of the mounting tape with your fingertips as you can. If it proves difficult to grasp, use a pair of blunt-edged tweezers. On hard surfaces that are not prone to scratching, try a razor blade scraper. Taut fishing line wrapped between two fingers will also remove mounting tape.

  2. Soak a rag in adhesive remover and apply to the mounting tape. Allow the remover to penetrate.

  3. Allow the remover to soak in for at least twenty minutes. Rub off in small circular motions with an old rag. Do not use paper towels; they will pill and rub off on the wall leaving behind residue.

  4. Tip

    Use Goo Gone or 3M's product, Adhesive Remover on residue. Fingernail polish remover also works if applied and rubbed in small circles. Any household lubricant such as WD-40, Skin So Soft, or even cooking spray will also work but they require more elbow grease.


    Do not use lubricant on paint that has a matte finish. It will leave a stain. Instead, choose the adhesive remover, which will evaporate and leave a nice clean finish.

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