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How to remove masking tape marks from windows...?

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LadyThompson Wed 13-Jul-11 17:31:59

Exactly this - we taped around the panes to paint the window frames and, hands up, left the masking tape on for a few weeks days and it's left horrid marks. Any whizzo tips for removing the marks? Soap and water plus elbow grease isn't fixing it.

sam2cats Wed 13-Jul-11 18:15:11

You will need to use a sharp blade from a Stanley knife or similar, soak the area with window cleaner and scrape away and then get the rest off with nail varnish remover, you could also try a solvent cleaner you can get these from screwfix or similar DIY stockists. Hth's!

LadyThompson Wed 13-Jul-11 19:17:06

Oh yikes! That wasn't the easy fix I was hoping for but thank you grin

sam2cats Wed 13-Jul-11 19:25:15

It might not take long once you soak it with window cleaner, I had the same problem but ours had been on a bit longer than yours I'm embarrassed to say it was more like months! Just forgot about it!

SleepySuzy Wed 13-Jul-11 19:26:03

Try an eraser!

MrsJohnDeere Wed 13-Jul-11 19:38:08

Lakeland Sticky Stuff remover. Good scrub with an e cloth (the special window ones) works too but is much harder work.

dns99 Wed 13-Jul-11 20:32:33

Just scratch it off with a knife (any will do). Don't soak it. I suppose it's easier when the adhesive glued in your window glass is dry.

BikeRunSki Wed 13-Jul-11 20:38:33

Olbas oil, Surgical spirit or WD40 should do the trick. Wipe/spray on generously, leave to soak in for a few mins, then rub hard or scratch off with a plastic knife.

MynameisnotEarl Wed 13-Jul-11 20:50:48

Heat will melt the sticky stuff that's left behind.

If your windows are relatively new double glazed ones (ie sturdy) and the tape was on the glass as opposed to the frame, try turning your hairdryer on the glass for a little while and you should be able to just wipe off the residue.

HuwEdwards Wed 13-Jul-11 20:52:49

nail polish remover

rubyrubyruby Wed 13-Jul-11 20:53:49

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LadyThompson Thu 14-Jul-11 21:24:28

Thank you, clever ladies.

mumtoted Thu 14-Jul-11 21:35:45

Methylated spirits.

peeriebear Thu 14-Jul-11 21:38:26

WD40 is good for everything, including this. smile Spray on, leave, scrape off with a stanley blade.

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