Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

How to Remove Adhesive Tape Stains

Flat Paint and Gloss Paint

Follow these steps to remove adhesive tape stains from Flat Paint and Gloss Paint:

  • Remove excess gum carefully to avoid removing any paint.
  • Mix dishwashing detergent in hot water and swish to make a great volume of suds.
  • Dip a cloth in only the foam and apply to the stain.
  • Do not allow the water to run as it will cause hard-to-remove streaks.
  • Rinse with clear water.
  • Dry thoroughly.