You need to use a hairdryer to heat the adhesive backing & then slowly remove the LED strips from the wall. You can use a double-sided sticky backing to use it anywhere you like.
How to Reuse Led Strips
Why buy new LED strips, when you can just restick the existing functioning ones. Removing LED strips can become a hassle if you are not careful. But following some easy steps will do the trick.
Step 1: Unplug the LED Strips
At first, you need to unplug the main switch where the LEDs are being powered. Otherwise, the LEDs can become damaged while you are trying to pull them off. They also become hot sometimes.
Step 2: Heat the Glue Underneath
Now comes the hard part. If you have glued the LED strip on your wall, then there is a chance the paint might come off. The adhesive sticks to the paint hardly. That’s why you need to apply heat to the LED strips to loosen the adhesive.
You can use a hairdryer to do so. Concentrate the heat from the end you want to start pulling off. Be careful not to give too much heat as it will damage the LEDs. The LEDs are engineered to stick to the wall for years. So you need to take your time.
Step 3: Start to Peel the Strip at One End
Now once you have loosened the glue up a bit, you can start the peeling process. Slowly but gently pull the end. Make sure the paint is well in place. You can use a thin, plane object like a hand trowel or a small knife to do so.
Slide the knife underneath the corner& carefully lift the corner. Bare in mind about the paint job of the wall. Wiggle the knife back & forth until you have successfully pulled a part of it. Getting someone’s help to constantly heat the strip is essential.
Step 4: Removing the Adhesive
Once you have peeled the strip off the wall, you have to remove the existing adhesive from underneath the strip. It should come right off with a stroke of your thumb. You can also grab a soft sponge to clean it up.
Step 5: Reapplying the Adhesive
Once the LED is fresh & ready for use, you need to apply a double-sided sticky backing to get the strip ready for your next design.
How Do I Remove the LED Strip with Damaging the Paint on your Walls
LED strips are designed to last a long time & leave a permanent mark where you use them. The adhesive is strong enough to last for years. It certainly is capable enough to pull the paint off too.
We have already discussed using heat to loosen the adhesive. This is so that when you pull the strip off, the paint doesn’t come off too. But the thing os this depends on what kind of paint you have used & how well it is to handle adhesives.
If the paint of not so good, then you might have to face the reality that some paint might come off when you remove the LED strip. So in the end, you have to repaint that part of them all again.
But if you are careful you might not have to do so at all.
How to Remove Led Strip Lights from TV
At first, you need to turn your TV off, then carefully remove the LEDs step by step as shown earlier. Then you need to clean the surface of both the TVs & the LEDs. After that use a double-sided backing to reuse it anywhere you like. Make sure you detach the TV if it’s wall-mounted.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it okay to use super glue for LED strips?
Do not use super glue at all for this job. It will not only damage your wall but all damage the plastic coating of the LED strip. Use normal adhesive glue for this type of job on the wall.
Removing the LED strip is a simple task. But taking the right steps in securing your wall paint & the LEDs is important. Take help from someone to constantly heat the LEDs while you peel them off. It would make the process easier.