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How to remove VHB tape

Postby lfhoward » Fri Mar 25, 2022 10:04 pm

I have an external antenna on my aluminum roof held on with 3M VHB tape. I would like to remove it. Ideas?
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Re: How to remove VHB tape

Postby John61CT » Sat Mar 26, 2022 11:01 am

Contact 3M tech support, they are pretty responsive
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Re: How to remove VHB tape

Postby friz » Sat Mar 26, 2022 11:39 am

3m eraser wheel on a drill works well. Image

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Re: How to remove VHB tape

Postby tony.latham » Sat Mar 26, 2022 10:16 pm

I have an external antenna on my aluminum roof ...


Could you pull dental floss through it? A piece with loops on both ends to grab onto?

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Re: How to remove VHB tape

Postby JasenC » Sat May 14, 2022 8:36 am

On a warm day or use a heat gun to warm things up, not cook them. An old worn putty knife or one that you've eased over the edges, (make sure there are no burs) and carefully work it under the antenna while pulling on the antenna, work your way around from different angles if need be.
I've done this on the painted surface of cars countless times, just take your time.
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Re: How to remove VHB tape

Postby lfhoward » Sat May 14, 2022 9:25 am

Thank you, Jasen and everyone. I want to report I did what Jasen describes in the post above, using a plastic putty knife on a warm afternoon. It worked better than I expected. There was a small amount of sticky residue left on the roof paint, but that came off easily with a paper towel and alcohol. There is no trace anymore that the antenna was ever there. :thumbsup:
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Re: How to remove VHB tape

Postby TimC » Sat May 14, 2022 12:50 pm

Good to know. This post could be a sticky or put into a sticky thread called... How to fix boo boos 8)
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Re: How to remove VHB tape

Postby Tom&Shelly » Sat May 14, 2022 1:04 pm

TimC wrote:Good to know. This post could be a sticky or put into a sticky thread called... How to fix boo boos 8)


Or how about a sticky called "how to remove stickies"? :lol:

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Re: How to remove VHB tape

Postby halfdome, Danny » Sat May 14, 2022 3:30 pm

I just removed a round piece of plastic that had double sided tape on it from my dash.
I tried flossing it then used a plastic knife with teeth on it and forced it off the dash.
Tried to clean the residue off with a few things but lacquer thinner did the job without damage to the dash.
The plastic thing was to mount a Garmin and don’t need it since we have a bean bag mount that’s much easier to use.
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Re: How to remove VHB tape

Postby JasenC » Sun May 15, 2022 6:44 pm

lfhoward wrote:Thank you, Jasen and everyone. I want to report I did what Jasen describes in the post above, using a plastic putty knife on a warm afternoon. It worked better than I expected. There was a small amount of sticky residue left on the roof paint, but that came off easily with a paper towel and alcohol. There is no trace anymore that the antenna was ever there. :thumbsup:


I know it sounds a little unorthodox, but than again so does half the stuff that pours out of my brain case, but it does work well. Goof off or WD40 is good for getting the remaining residue off.

I used one of those eraser wheels to remove the 6" molding tape holding the stainless rocker panel kit on my truck, sure made it easy. Wish they had those wheels back when I was removing the decals from old police cars. We used heat guns, or the sun if we could, and safety razor blades we scrapped backwards on the polished concrete shop floor 3 or 4 times each side to dull them just a bit so they didn't cut into the paint easily.
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