Masking Tape Residue Off WindowsOctober 3rd 2014
Q: We recently painted the wood window frames on our home. They look nice, but I think we made a huge error. We used masking tape to protect the window panes during painting, but did not remove it right away and now we have a sticky mess. Do you have a solution for this?
A: Always use the green dry strip painter’s masking tape, not regular making tape. (Note: always use a utility knife to cut between the glass and frame before stripping off the tape)
To remove the residual, use a glass scraper designed with a razor-type blade that will not scratch the glass. These are available at most paint and decorating stores. Once the majority of the residue has been removed with the razor, use a coarse cloth, such as denim, and contact cement solvent or contact cement thinner to remove the balance.