We are painting the outside of our house and applied masking tape to the
white painted aluminum window frames to prevent getting the paint on the
window frames. We forgot to remove the masking tape from the frames of a
couple of windows on one side of the house after the paint had dried. Now
the masking tape has dried out and will not just peel off easily. We used
the plain old beige paper masking tape you see in paint and hardware stores
Does anyone have any suggestions for what to use to make the masking tape
easy to remove?
We have tried paint thinner and rubbing alcohol and neither work.
Any suggestions are appreciated.
On 8/17/2005 1:24 PM US(ET), Peter took fingers to keys, and typed the
Use a razor scraper like the ones they use to scrape off old
registration and inspection stickers from car windshields. Or just use a
single edged blade available in hardware stores. Next time use painters
masking tape (blue)
Water+soap+stiff nylon brush+elbow greese
A razor will get it off the glass easily but it will more likely cut gouges
in the finish on the aluminum. Goo Gone will work if you can get it to
saturate to the adshesive layer, if it is insulated by a layer of dried
paint, you will have a hard time with any solvent short of a stripper. I
might try scratching up the paint layer on top of the tape with a brush or
sandpaper then switch to goo gone or acetone (test it first as this may also
Funny how a minor oversight can turn into a major project, isn't it? The
tape was supposed to make your life easier. I've seen even blue tape pull
up the finish underneith, its no perfect solution either but would have been
OK, I have been wondering about some masking tape I got on my steel
door from a sign I had there. The sign was removed a few years ago,
but the door still has the tape. I cant use a razor blade on the door
or the finish will come off (white paint-like coating). I'd think
acetone would dissolve the paint too. What else is there?
I've just sort of ignored the tape out of lack of a means to remove
it. Someone mentioned goo (something), is that the hand cleaner
Thanks to all who replied with suggestions as to how to remove masking tape
from a painted aluminum window frame.
After trying a few of your suggestions, we found that the easiest way to
remove the dried on masking tape was by applying heat with a hair dryer.
Then it peeled off quite nicely. It did leave a glue residue behind however
and we tried Donna's suggestion of using "Goo Gone" to get the glue residue
off. It was easy to get the glue residue off with "Goo Gone" - a great
Also, as suggested, I will definitely use the green painter's Masking Tape
from now on as it is easier to remove.
Thanks to all who helped! Peter
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