How to Remove Anti Skid Tape
How to remove non-slip tape I know this sounds hard to believe but at Heskins one of the most popular questions we receive is "How do we remove non-slip tape?". For obvious reasons the anti-skid tape is designed to be permanent, our whole ethos is focused on creating the World's most durable and effective anti-skid tape. We constantly review and change our processes and constituent materials, as in all industries new and improved components are developed. Heskins progressively and consistently follows or creates best practise to ensure that the customer receives the most advanced product available; HOWEVER, all this helps to create problems for those who wish to remove it. If one tries to simply remove the anti-skid tape it will be difficult; you will either struggle to remove it or the plastic film will fragment into smaller pieces. Here we explain how to remove anti-skid tape. There are two recommended methods;
1). With some form of flat tool (something like a scraper) remove one of the corners; you need to ensure you remove enough to create a thumb grip. Slowly peel back the material touching surface-to-surface, this part is critical, it is called a 'low energy pull'. All self-adhesive materials have an inherent weakness; their adhesive is composed of thin strands, once these thin strands are bent back and forced into an acute angle they snap. You must ensure that the material is taken back, surface-to-surface, this is the critical part.
2). Heat does help with removal, as our adhesives are initially liquid based heat will go some way to reverting it back to its original liquid state. Ideally heat guns are better than hair dryers; they dissipate the heat better over the surface. A surface temperature around 60~70ºC is ideal. There is no guarantee for easy removal, as mentioned above the material is designed to be permanent, some removals are easy, some are very frustrating! Once removed you can apply material straight onto the surface, you would not need to re-prime but would need to edge fix again if this is required. Once the non-skid tape has been successfully removed there should not be much adhesive residue left behind, if however you want to remove any remnants we recommend the use of white spirit or a harsher solvent such as MEK or toluene. Please test the surface prior to using these; they can sometimes react with delicate substrates. If you need any assistance please contact us, we are always willing to help.
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