Originally Posted by Byron Kinnaman
3M VHB all the way around is what I would use. To remove items adhered by VHB dental floss works pretty good. It doesn't remove the VHB from the trailer for the panel but seperates the VHB in too. Piano wire works also.
In order for VHB, and I assume any adhesive, to work well the surface has to cleaned and cleaned well. I would recommend rubbing alcohol followed by distilled water to make sure the surfaces are clean and free of residue.
Someday after enough people have read the following advice it will enter into tribal knowledge so that a lot of people know how to completely and safely remove the VHB tapes.
After splitting the two halves of the tape at their center foam line...To finish removing the VHB tape without causing damage to the surface and without using chemicals do this...
Using a straight edge plastic razor blade, plastic putty knife, or even the edge of an old expired credit card, scrape and tease up an inch or so of the material at the end of it lifting up enough of it so that you can then grab onto that end with a pair of wide, flat, pliers. Now pull slowly on the pliers while keeping the pulling action on the material as parallel a possible to the surface the tape is stuck onto. The VHB material will then stretch out and slowly release from the surface inch by inch. Every once in a while move the pliers in closer to where the material is still adhered so that you keep the pulling action nice and strong. Taking it slow and easy is the key to removing it, it will only release by the parallel pulling action.
You likely have seen those 3M easy to remove adhesive tabs that secure things to your walls. The kind that you pull on the tab keeping the pull parallel to the wall so that it can be removed without damaging the wall. Well those adhesive tabs are another version of 3M VHB tape. So the same removal method of pulling parallel to the surface can be used on other variations of VHB tape. When installing the tape for mounting panels or brackets if you wish to you can leave an inch or so of tape sticking out beyond what you have mounting to assist in later removing what you have mounted.