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Although Blu-Tack eliminates the need to drill holes in walls to hang posters and decorations, it has its pitfalls. While removing Blu-Tack might seem easy, if your paint is thin, it may peel off and leave marks on the wall.
If you are determined to remove the blu tack stains off the wall yourself, please, be aware that the result may not be as satisfactory as you’d expect. And if you are living in rented accommodation, always pre-agree to such actions with your landlord beforehand.
Remember to test the product on an inconspicuous area of the wall and to wear gloves to protect your hands. Here is how to remove blu-tack marks from a painted wall:
On the other hand, you can try to tackle the residue by using lighter fuel or dry cleaning fluid. However, both are highly flammable and must be handled with caution. Wear protective gloves and ventilate the room well, when using this method.
There are a couple of videos on the Internet which suggest the usage of WD-40. If you decide to give it a go, always test on a hidden area of the wall, like behind the sofa, because WD-40 tends to leave an oily residue, as well and you can end up with a brand-new stain on the wall.
The larger bits can be removed by rubbing a blob against them. The thing is, if you’ve used blue tack on a painted wall, it will leave an oily residue which is hard to lift. Let’s check what the manufacturer of blu tack says:
Do not use Blu-Tack on absorbent, silk screen printed or hand stencilled wallpaper nor on porous brickwork.
Care should be taken on painted plaster as Blu-Tack’s adhesive qualities may cause paint to come out from the wall.
Unfortunately, if the blu tack marks are on a painted wall, the best way to completely remove them is to repaint the wall. However, it is essential to first sand away the stain, clean the area with sugar soap, and then apply the new coat of paint, otherwise, the oily marks will come right through the new layer of paint.
Then, you can either paint over the stains or repaint the whole wall. You can pick up a paint tester from your local hardware shop and spot-cover the stains, but this way, you still run the risk of not matching the colour completely.
You can repaint the entire wall, which will have a better impact on the aesthetic qualities of the room, but unfortunately, this will be more time-consuming. If time is an issue for you, consider getting a visit from a professional painter.
Fantastic Services offers expert painters and decorators services that can help you in case of a blu-tack mishap on your wall. Depending on the job, a survey can be performed after which you will receive a personalised quote.
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