How do I remove old masking tape

10 Aug 2007
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United Kingdom
I forgot to remove some masking tape when I had a painter in a few months ago. The tape is now well and truly stuck and won't simply pull off without taking lumps of wallpaper / plaster with it..

How do I remove old masking tape from glass windows ?

How do I remove old masking tape from painted walls ?
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Get some turps on a brush
Brush it onto the tape leave to sink into the tape. (Aprox 1/2 Hour) keep brushing it onto the tape to make it go soft, pull off as much of the tape as you can.
Then use a cloth or scrapper to remove it
Hard work
best to remove it the same day
Thank you painterman. I will use turps on the remaining problem tape.

I have found by chance that cillit bang is pretty good at getting masking tape off windows but it does have an odd purple colouring so I will switch to turps .
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WD40 makes pretty short work of it (on glass anyway)


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