Painting doors and door trim is tedious. The old paint surface must first be made ready. I like to completely strip off all the old paint, then fill in holes and cracks with wood filler. After the wood filler dries, I will sand the surface completely smooth.
The next step in the process is to apply tape to create a dividing line between surfaces. I use painter's masking tape to protect glass surfaces and an edging tool to keep paint off exterior siding. When the preparation work is complete, the door and door trim is ready for primer and paint. I generally apply two coats each.
I prefer to work on one door project at a time. I am not a professional painter, so it may take me several afternoons to meet the desired results. This keeps me from having more than one exterior door exposed to the elements.
When I repainted the exit that leads to the back deck I found myself rushed for time. An oncoming storm threatened to rain on the unprotected surfaces. I managed to prime and apply one coat of paint before the storm arrived.
This particular storm lasted several days. By the time I managed to finish the project, the tape had been on the glass for two weeks. The tape would not easily come off. There were patches of old tape and adhesive left on the glass. Regular glass cleaner did not clean the glass surface.
In my quest to find a tape removing product, I came across ‘Motsenbocker’s Lift Off’. The package clearly stated ‘tape remover’ so I decided to give it a try. I purchased a 4.5 ounce container. I figured that this would be enough for the task at hand. Motsenbocker’s Lift Off is a liquid cleaner. I applied the product using a soft cloth.
This product worked great. I easily removed the tape and adhesive without having to rub excessively. I then cleaned the glass with a regular window cleaning product for a sparkling clean glass.
Motsenbocker’s Lift Off also works on chewing gum, crayon marks, grease, lipstick and motor oil. It removes clothing and carpets stains, see the label for instructions. It is a good idea to test Motsenbocker’s Lift Off on an area of fabric that cannot be seen before applying. I have not personally used it on all these applications. I have little doubt that this product works as advertised if tape removing is typical.
The product has a low VOC formula (volatile organic compound) that is safe for the environment. The label warns of the harmful effects if swallowed and that the product is an eye and skin irritant. Use Motsenbocker’s Lift Off in a well ventilated area and keep away from flames. Store any unused product in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children. Read the label carefully before using and adhere to all warnings.