I don’t know about you, but it drives me nutso when I can’t find the end of a roll of painter’s tape… or when I find the end, and it’s so stuck on itself it doesn’t peel off properly.
I realize in the grand scheme of life – this is no biggie… so Gidgy and I are surprised when it brings out my trucker vocabulary!
A roll of tape may tear off unevenly when it gets old or has been sitting in extreme weather conditions. I used to spend my time trying to unravel the tape properly. I would finally give up and throw the roll away. Wasteful, but now I know better.
A simple way to revive old painter’s tape is to pop it in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds. This warms the old adhesive so the tape unrolls like new!
If you don’t have a microwave, try using a hairdryer to heat it up. Hold the hairdryer a few inches from your painter’s tape and heat the adhesive until it gently pulls off.
This quick tip works for painter’s tape, masking tape, packer’s tape or ANY label or tapes with old adhesive!
Who else has this pet peeve – lol? Do you have any tips on how to revive your old rolls of delinquent tape? I love all your comments, questions and suggestions so keep ’em coming!
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I just tried it with some seriously gummed up masking tape, and it didn’t work. Thank you so much for a possible solution.
I had no idea…What a great idea! Those large rolls of packaging tape can be a real pain! And this might sound crazy, but the saran wrap from Costco always gets wonky and doesn’t unroll evenly! Who knows, maybe there’s a roll of saran wrap in my microwave soon! It’s worth a try! 🙂 Thanks for the great tips!
It’s great because I use to just throw them away…lol. Works on all types of tape but I’m really curious if it will work on wonky saran wrap …feel free to let me know Robin! 🙂
I wouldn’t use saran wrap in the microwave. I use it to wrap my soaps and use a hair dryer to shrink wrap the saran wrap. My guess is it will shrink up on you!
Thank you for sharing everything. Just love your page
That is brilliant! I will be trying it when I get back home! I really enjoy your blog!
I am on vacation in Australia visiting my family. It is nice to read a little touch from home! 🙂
Vacation in Australia…sounds heavenly Alice! Enjoy your family time. 🙂
Denise, this is brilliant and oh so useful! Thank you!!!