1) The tape works best if you put it on the outer edges of the window
molding, not the front. Not sure if you have thick enough molding in a
mobile home, though.
2) Wipe down the surface to be taped with rubbing alcohol and a lint-free
cloth or paper towel. Let it dry for a minute or two before applying the
I've found that this is one of those times when it pays to buy the
brand name. I have never had a problem getting the 3M brand tape to
stick when using this type of plastic. However, I have often had a
problem getting the off-brands to stick.
Note that even the 3M brand needs a relatively clean, flat, smooth
surface to adhere to. If you are using it on an aluminum window frame
(as is often present in mobile homes), make sure it is completely dry.
If you're trying to stick it to the adjacent wall, make sure the wall
is clean, smooth, and dry.
If you have a different brand of kit, I would suggest buying the 3M
tape (it's available by the roll) instead of using what's in the kit.
Be careful when removing the tape next spring. Even though it's
designed to be removable, if you yank it too quickly, it will sometimes
pull off paint (or, if you have an older mobile home, the paper on the
fake paneling wallboard).
In my youth, I used to mask cars for painting in an autobody shop. I learned
then that the surface MUST be clean, dry and dust free. Certain materials do
NOT accept any type of tape readily. These you must super clean, often using
a strong solvent such as lacquer thinner to remove surface oils or other
contaminants before the tape will stick. Be careful the solvent is flammable
and may damage paint, coatings and plastics.
Actually, because the shop had a huge paint room, sometimes they would paint
garbage trucks. Got them in, and got them out fast, they would stink up the
whole building. Usually painted them on a Sunday then left the building as
soon as the truck was rolled out so that the air could clear.
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