Removing Double-Side Tape Backing

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1629 days ago

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 1629 days ago

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.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 1629 days ago

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 1629 days ago

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.

-- -Michael

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#4 posted 1629 days ago

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 1628 days ago

I flick at it with a sharp blade too.

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#6 posted 1628 days ago

razor knife at the corner.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 1625 days ago

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.

-- "Life's nonsense pierces us with strange relation." Wallace Stevens

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#8 posted 1624 days ago

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

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#9 posted 532 days ago

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.

-- making sawdust....

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