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Fun tack, mounting putty or adhesive putty can be an easy way of sticking your child's drawings to the walls without leaving behind the holes that a push pin would. Unfortunately, it may seem to be difficult or impossible to clean when you decide to remove the drawings. Don't worry, the following information will save you from a weekend of repainting the room.  


You are about to discover that cleaning fun tack naturally with coconut oil is really very easy. I'm going to demonstrate precisely how to clean fun tack from your painted walls, without using harsh chemicals.

The procedure:


  • Start out by gently scraping off as much of the adhesive putty as you can with the credit card or plastic scraper.

How To Clean Fun Tack - Painted Walls

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  • Open the coconut oil and scoop out just enough to cover the stain. If it is cooler than 76°, the coconut oil should be close to solid.
  • Let the coconut oil work on dissolving the mounting putty for a couple of minutes.​
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For satin, semi-gloss or gloss enamel paint:

 Things you will need:


  • A credit card or similar plastic scraper
  • Coconut oil
  • An old toothbrush
  • Paper towels or,
  • A microfiber cloth
  • If there is an oily spot left on the wall from the coconut oil, get a little dish soap and water and rub the stain gently with the microfiber or paper towel. That's it, you're done!
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*Note: For flat, matte enamel paint finishes, this method may leave behind a small stain depending upon how long the fun tack has been stuck to the wall. For oil based paints, please test a small area first!

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Mounting putty or adhesive putty is a petroleum oil based product. Trying to remove it with water based cleaning products will not work and you will likely just end up damaging the paint on the walls eventually. Any oil based solvents will work on removing the stain from the paint without removing the paint itself. Coconut oil works very well because it is a solid at room temperature, which helped keep it on the stain long enough to dissolve the putty without dripping down the wall.

  • Now, take the microfiber or paper towel and put just a little more coconut oil on the towel and rub the last of the mounting putty off of the wall.
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  • Take the toothbrush and gently scrub the fun tack, breaking down the remaining solid part left on the wall.
  • By now, most of the adhesive putty should be gone. If a small amount remains, dab a little more coconut oil on the stain using your fingertip and rub the stain gently in a circular motion.