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23 June 2007 @ 12:59 pm
Today's Tip  
If you want to affix posters to your walls with Fun-Tak (or a similarly named versatile, reusable putty-like pressure-sensitive adhesive), you have no doubt learned that a major drawback is that long exposure leaves an oily stain on paper or paper-like material.

If you attempt to place another adhesive to your poster in the hopes of preventing this oily stain, e.g. tape, I make the following recommendations:

* Do not use Masking Tape. Masking tape has no lasting adhesion and will fall off... like, immediately. Poor choice.
* Do not use Electrical Tape. Electrical tape may only stick to electricity for all I know, because it does not stick to anything else. This is a specialty tape and should be revered as such. Use only on wires, dummy.
* Do not use Duct Tape. Contrary to popular myth, duct tape is not a panacea, nor is it a miracle substance. It is not even very useful on ducts. It will dry out and the added weight of this heavy-duty tape will add strain to your Fun-Tak causing the posters to fall down frequently.

My own personal recommendation is the use of invisible tape (known by the brand name Magic Tape or colloquially as Scotch tape). This lightweight, durable adhesive offers a barrier between paper and Fun-Tak, and because it lacks acetate it does not reflect light (becoming seemingly invisible). Also, it resists drying out and yellowing, making it ideal for this project.

Here endeth the lesson.
addibecaddibec on June 24th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
Dear Queer Domestics, Ltd:
First of all, I love your column. Now down to business! I don't have any posters hanging in my home, but I have certainly affixed things, like Steelers pennants, to my walls with Fun-Tak within the last year or so. I found out the hard way that when the time comes to remove the item from the wall, the Tak will take the paint right off unless you're careful.

I found the best way to remove everything is to first remove the item from the Fun-Tak, then to gently roll the tak off of the wall.

I thought this might be a helpful tip for your readers. Keep those "Domestips" comin'!

Your Fun-Tak Fan,
Addi Twigg, Pittsburgh PA
Eric: cancelledkwarch on June 27th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
I've seen electrical tape stick to things!