The builder taped the vapour barrier to the window frames in my basement. Is this normal? I attempted to peal it off but the glue residue is stuck to the wood.

Any suggestions on how I can remove it? Is it possible to prime over the tape?

tried to remove tuck tape tuck tape everywhere

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Your builder is an idiot. That is just plain lazy. Yep, Goo Gone, or maybe some mineral spirits. As a last resort if the aforementioned don't work, try acetone. Acetone dissolves most glues, but also can damage the finish. Test a small area first.

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    Are we looking at the sub-framing of the window that simply wasn't faced/cased over when the window was installed, or was the builder actually stupid enough to tuck-tape the barrier to the window casing?
    – KeithS
    Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 19:59
  • Yes, that is the window casing. the builder hired some lazy workers who cut a lot of corners.
    – Kevin
    Commented Jun 22, 2011 at 14:09
  • One of those things that makes you want to go Berserker with a battle axe. I'd recommend gentle use of a heat gun to help the adhesive let go, but that finish underneath might not like it. Commented Sep 18, 2012 at 4:26

You can try using some Goof Off for removing the residue.

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