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06-07-2014 11:42 PM

This is really starting to pick me off!!!!
I have tried 3 different brands of double stick tape and I have yet to find one that I can remove the backing from the tape without a lot of hassle. Today I was trying to tape 2 pieces together and it took me 15min. to get the backing off. I am totally frustrated with this Sh@#%T, Do any of you know of a tape that the backing comes off easily? I have used stuff from Lowe’s, Home Depot and Peachtree.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#1 posted 06-07-2014 11:48 PM

Yes, you have discovered one of life’s difficulties. I have the same problem especially with the thinner double stick tape. I use a box cutter tip to kind of pry up a corner.

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#2 posted 06-07-2014 11:53 PM

It’s strange, but I seem to have fingers specially made for removing the backing off double stick tape. The brand doesn’t matter.

That or it’s my technique of digging my thumbnail (cut very short too) into the corner of the tape then pushing towards the center of the piece of tape. That lifts the corner enough that I can grab it.

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#3 posted 06-07-2014 11:56 PM

I have tried thumb nail, razor blade, etc.. With on avail.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#4 posted 06-07-2014 11:58 PM

It’s funny that you watch videos of experts sticking a template to a board and they have no problem??

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#5 posted 06-08-2014 12:43 AM

The videos are staged with pre-released backing!!!

I feel your pain. I have the same problem with double sided tape!!!

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#6 posted 06-08-2014 01:08 AM

Don, I use the tip of a hypodermic needle to get a corner started but even this doesn’t work effortlessly all the time.

I wonder if keeping that tape cold/frozen would help?

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#7 posted 06-08-2014 01:21 AM

I use a box cutter to get under the corners, it is still a hassle though. Speed Tape is the easiest, but it is more expensive.

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#8 posted 06-08-2014 01:33 AM

I also use a box cutter. I have found that it works much better if I poke the tape with the tip of the blade in the direction from the interior of the piece toward the edge rather than trying to separate the backing at the edge.

I am not sure if this explains it clearly, but I just kind of “poke and lift”.

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#9 posted 06-08-2014 02:03 AM

Just stick a piece of scotch tape to it first then after you put the carpet tape on remove the scotch tape. The backing comes with it.

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#10 posted 06-08-2014 05:26 AM

It’s a bit tricky but I manage. The fingernails on one hand are grown
out and filed for playing guitars. I think I kind of pick at a corner with
a nail.

One thing you might try is take the free end of the tape, on the roll,
and stick it to something like melamine or an iron machine top, pick
up a corner of the backing while the other side is firmly stuck down
to the melamine/iron, then cut the tape to length and put it where you
want it.

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#11 posted 06-11-2014 01:52 PM

I have on occasion had problems releasing the non sticky part of the tape.
What I usually do is go to one of the corners and make a light diagonal cut so
that in only cuts the surface layer of the tape. This creates a small triangle.
Then I use a point of utility knife to peel up the not sticky part of the tape away from
the corner. make sure that the tape has been well attached and that the knife point is
sharp. Sometime you cut to deep and it doesn’t work, just pick another corner and try it again.
Usually works well for me.

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#12 posted 06-11-2014 02:00 PM

Do not cut the tape. Tear it halfway through and then pull the tape in half. That tears the paper top and stretches the clear glue part. Doing it this automatically gives you separation. I have built sails for 30 years and this is all we would use to stick panels together before sewing.

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#13 posted 06-11-2014 02:24 PM

This may difficult to explain… I leave some of the backing tape hanging off the end of the roll. Leaving it longer than the actual tape. (an inch or two). When I use the tape I apply it directly from the roll; peel back the backing to the length I need then again cut the backing longer than the tape. Problem solved. Did that make sense?

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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#14 posted 06-11-2014 03:44 PM

I use it a lot, and with my fat fingers, I too had a problem. I then discovered that razor blades are excellent. I keep econopacks of strait edge razor blades. A box of 500 is cheap. Not the kind in utility knives but the ones that would fit into a scraper like the ones that take off your inspection decal’s etc. Not had a problem with those little turkeys since. I also switched to carpet tape which is fatter and easier pull of the backs as well. A bit more expensive but 10 times better. Take care.

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#15 posted 06-14-2014 10:58 AM

Best stuff I’ve found is Fastedge SpeedTape available at:

The mfr says the tape gains strength over time, and I suspect that’s true. The backing comes off easily if you dig any sharp point into a corner. It does leave a residue on most woods, but it comes off with mineral spirits.

-- Juan Vergara, California,

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