Getting Tape Residue Off Windows

June 25th 2014
Getting Tape Residue Off Windows


Q:  My Painter put masking tape around all my windows.  This has left a huge mess. What can I use to make the clean up easier?



1. When masking windows for painting, use a dry strip painters tape (usually green in colour) do not use regular masking tape.

2. Masking tape should not be left on glass for more than a few hours.  If left on glass on south or west exposure windows, the sun will bake it into the surface.



To remove masking tape residual, use a glass scraper, available from paint and decorating stores.  These are designed with a special razor type of blade to not scratch the glass.  Once the majority of the tape has been removed with the razor, use a coarse cloth such as a piece of denim and contact cement solvent to remove the rest.  Then clean the glass with a window wash product. 

It's just that easy!