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Handyman on call

Duct tape left a mess on home’s exterior

Q. I’m hoping that you can offer a solution regarding the removal of duct tape adhesive from fiber cement exterior siding. During the holidays I used duct tape to hang some lights on the house. When I took the lights down during the January thaw, some of the adhesive remained on the siding. I tried scraping it with a putty knife, but nothing was coming off. I thought that the cold weather might be making it adhere and that it would loosen up in the warmer weather. During the past two weeks I’ve tried numerous solvents, including Heavy Duty Citrus Degreaser. Although the adhesive has softened, it’s still adhering. I’m now afraid that as the weather heats up, the adhesive is going to bake on.


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