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The short answer: Yes
I recommend cleaning the nano tape by rinsing it with water and a little soap. The soap shouldn't affect its' stickiness at all. Then you should let it air dry or use a blow dryer. DO NOT use any sort of towel as the fibers could get stuck on the tape and make it dirty again.
Ever tried to hang something up something and realized you might have to make a hole in the wall? Well if you have ever done some Googling for alternatives to making holes in the wall, you might have stumbled up on something called nano gel tape.
A few questions likely popped up in your head. First off you probably have wondered what nano tape is and does it even work? Then you probably wondered about all the other claims like it being reusable and never damaging walls. You are right to feel skeptical since it just looks like regular old tape right? Read ahead
TL;Dr: In short, yes it does! He was able to hold several bricks to the wall and was able to hang stuff on the back of his door. He does note that the tape is very strong and might pull paint off! We will discuss that potential problem later so keep reading.
Test #1: Tiles
So for the first test, I peeled a bit of the tape and placed it on some tiles in my bathroom.
Test #2: Glass/Mirrors
TL;DR nano tape is made for polyurethane gel which interacts with flat and smooth surfaces to make a strong bond.
After digging around I discovered that nano tape is made from polyurethane gel. Polyurethane gel is a type of resin used in many different things including computer mouse pads, bike seats, shoe insoles, and other types of padding (source: northstarpolymers.com).
Warning: Science Coming!
Nano tape in particular is made with pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) which have the unique property of being viscoelastic.
This means the resin has physical properties of both solids and liquids. PSA resin is able to "wet out" the surfaces it interacts with, creating a strong adhesive force but without producing residue or leaving behind a gooey mess. This tape is then blended with tackifier to produce a permanent tack (grabbing power) at room temperature.
The Tape Easily Returns Back To It's Original Shape!
Nano tape works best on surfaces with high surface-energy which are those with lots of free molecular bonding potential. Examples include glass, polycarbonate, and metal. Nano tape generally doesn't work as well on non porous or woven surfaces like cloth or cotton. As you will see further down, manufacturers strongly recommend the exact same surfaces.
It really depends on the surface of the wall and the type of paint. There is always the risk that nano tape could damage a wall, so we recommend you test it on a small area first.
Some reviews show it coming off without a single trace while others show paint ripped off. Suffice to say there isn't a hard or fast rule since everyone's walls are slightly different.
According to the manufacturers, transparent tape works best on clean flat surfaces such as the following: