Asked on Apr 09, 2020

How to remove double sided foam tape from a painted wall?

by Lynn

Can anyone tell me how to remove double-sided tape?

I used a double-sided foam tape to hang a lightweight cloth flag in a bedroom.

I removed the flag and can't remove the tape.


  13 answers
  • Gk Gk on Apr 09, 2020

    Maybe if you heat it up with a hair dryer and see if you can get a loose corner and pull it off. Any leftover adhesive could be wiped off with Goof Off. Just a little bit on a cotton ball and then wipe clean with a warm soapy rag after.

  • Nan W. Nan W. on Apr 09, 2020

    Lynn: unless the wall is flat or eggshell finish, Goo Gone may help

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Apr 09, 2020

    Hi Lynn

    Here is some ideas for your walls.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Apr 09, 2020

    You will want to warm the adhesive so it releases. As mentioned by others, a hair dryer is one way to warm it off. A plastic scraper will help to lift it away from the wall. Be careful not to gouge the wall. Gently clean any residue with a magic eraser or microfiber cloth. Goo Gone is great for removing glue, but it might damage your wall so go with the gentle methods first. Good luck and be well!

  • Wd40 will release the goo on the tape.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 09, 2020

    Start with a scraper that won't damage the wall. I like these:

    After you have scraped as much as possible, use a solvent for the adhesive. Goo Gone, Goof Off, or vegetable oil would work. Then clean up.

  • Tammy Tammy on Apr 09, 2020

    Use dental floss or fishing line as a "saw". Hold a foot or so of line between each hand and position behind the tape edge. Gently move the line back & forth cutting the adhesive away from the wall. Any bits that remain should easily be rubbed away

  • Cindy Cindy on Apr 10, 2020

    Hi Lynn. I'm Cindy. Use your hair blower to soften up the glue. Then use a scraper to pry the tape loose. Any glue residue can be removed with WD40. Good luck Lynn.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Apr 10, 2020

    Hello I would try prying scraping off with either a depleted gift or credit card or carefully a retractable razor to pry loose and possibly a small amount of lighter fluid. Lighter fluid is my favorite adhesive dissolver. The application tip allows very little fluid to be used.

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  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Apr 10, 2020

    I'd get it warm with a hot wet rag. Heat melts glue. goodluck.

  • Lynn Lynn on Apr 10, 2020

    Thank you all for your solutions. I used the hair dryer and putty knife . Worked very well.

    Residue will take time to dissolve with good off, will continue working on that.

    Thanks again

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 16, 2021

    You could try Surgical Spirit. Let it soak in and the use a wallpaper scraper to lift it off.