Removing Double-Side Tape Backing

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Forum topic by Noab posted 03-12-2010 05:33 PM 14234 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2010 05:33 PM

What’s a good way to remove the backing of double-sided turning tape? The stuff is so sticking I have trouble getting a corner of the backing raised to begin the removal.

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 05:39 PM

I find that if you fold over one corner of the end at a 45 degree angle, the roll it between your thumb and index finger, that corner of the backing lifts right up and gives you a place to start. It’s kind of hard to describe in writing… maybe someone who knows what I’m saying will do a video.

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 07:43 PM

I know exactly what you are experienceing. Getting the backing off can be a challenge at times. I generally have to use the point of a utility knife to start removing the backing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-12-2010 09:33 PM

I use double-sided carpet tape mostly for taping routing templates to pieces. I don’t know if it’s the same, but this may help. I just found a good solution myself. Don’t bother trying to get a fingernail or knife between the tape and paper. What I do now is attach it to the work piece and get it good and stuck. Then dig my fingernail into the paper (from the face, not the edge) about 1/16” from the corner and pull it toward the middle. The paper crinkles but the tape stays stuck to the workpiece. You can then grab the crinkly corner of the paper and remove it. I hope that helps.

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#4 posted 03-12-2010 11:31 PM

I use a sharp blade to score a 45 deg slice in the paper while the tape is still rolled. Then after I cut off what I need, I roll the end and the paper I sliced opens so I can peel it off.

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#5 posted 03-13-2010 03:24 AM

I flick at it with a sharp blade too.

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#6 posted 03-13-2010 05:32 PM

razor knife at the corner.

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#7 posted 03-16-2010 10:59 PM

I use the graphite tip of my .7 mm mechanical pencil to lift the corner of the backing. That’s usually enough to grab it with my fingers, and my pencil is usually close by.

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#8 posted 03-17-2010 02:52 AM

i usually try to get a knife in between the paper backing and the tape.

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#9 posted 03-14-2013 12:34 AM

most double sided tapes are not for woodworking. the adhesive leaves a haze and ruins grain. Use the right stuff. I love the Avery Dennison stuff. It always works.

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