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


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 Jun 21 '11 at 19:59
  • Yes, that is the window casing. the builder hired some lazy workers who cut a lot of corners. – Kevin Jun 22 '11 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. – Fiasco Labs Sep 18 '12 at 4:26

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

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