Knowledge Instructions for removal of adhesive tapes

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The tesa® range contains products that have been developed for short-term, longer-term and permanent bonding. It happens that tapes are not used properly. If, for example, products for short-term outdoor use are left more than three days to weathering and UV stresses, they often cannot be removed without again.

We then recommend the following procedure:

6.1 Tape Carrier

Should be withdrawn slowly and evenly and, if necessary, be warmed beforehand using a hair dryer.

6.2 Adhesive residues

Should be removed step by step:

a.) Rubber adhesives

  • The carrier can be pulled off, the adhesive is still soft: removal with mineral spirits.
  • The support is brittle and cracks, the adhesive has hardened slightly: heat with a hair dryer and carefully pull; remove adhesive residues with mineral spirits, or: soak, at least, a minute with mineral spirits, then scratch off with a plastic spatula.
  • The adhesive has hardened strongly: soak, at least, a minute with universal thinners, then scratch off with a plastic spatula.
  • The adhesive has hardened considerably, and the above mentioned procedure was unsuccessful: soak, at least one minute, with Cupran® Hand Cleaner (Evonik Stockhausen, Krefeld), then scratch off with a plastic spatula.
  • The adhesive has hardened considerably, and the procedures described above were unsuccessful: Soak with soluwash® Cleaner (Pufas, Hann-Munden) at least one minute, then scratch off with a plastic spatula.

b.) Acrylate adhesives

  • The backing is brittle and cracks, the adhesive is easily hardened: heat with a hair dryer and carefully pull.
  • The adhesive has hardened: successively try the following solvents or mixtures
  • Benzine
  • Mixture of 50% ethyl acetate and 50% xylene
  • Mixture of 40% alcohol, 40% benzene and 20% acetone
  • Cleaner soluwash® S
  • The recommended solvent or mixtures may swell the adhesive only, but does not dissolve.

6.3 Hint: Dismantling

  • To remove or repair
  • For maintenance or inspection (see image)