How to Remove Tape Residue From Plastic

Once adhesive tape is attached to a plastic surface, it seems it is there to stay. When you finally succeed in removing the tape, you are often left with another issue: tape residue. Unfortunately, water and a sponge won't do the trick of removing the sticky offending substance. Instead, you need something that will dissolve the residue and leave the plastic surface like new.

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Adhesive tape can leave a sticky residue on plastic surfaces.

Step 1

Pour 1 tbsp. of mineral spirits into a small container.

Step 2

Dip a section of a clean dry cloth into the mineral spirits and rub the mineral spirits into the tape residue with the cloth.

Step 3

Rub the area firmly in order to effectively remove the leftover tape adhesive. Apply more mineral spirits to the cloth if needed.

Step 4

Wipe the area with a section of a clean water-dampened sponge after all of the residue has been removed. Dry with a clean cloth.