Does Alien Tape Work

Does Alien Tape Work? Well We got the Answer

Hanging pictures and heavy objects can be tricky. If you’re not careful, you can end up with a bunch of holes in the wall you have to patch later. Alien Tape claims you won’t ever need screws or anchors again because it can lock anything in place on any surface without damaging it or leaving a sticky residue.

It’s double-sided thick tape with a rubber texture. The manufacturer claims it uses “nano grip” technology to lock anything in place.

Claims:

  • The incredible new advanced nano grip technology that locks anything into place without screws or anchors.
  • Peels right off your wall, leaving no damage or residue.
  • Strong enough to hold an incredible 17.5 pounds.

Test:

We used Alien Tape to hang three different objects: a dry erase board, a medium-sized picture frame and a plastic thermometer outside on a wooden pillar. Alien Tape secured each object in place but they were all fairly lightweight.

To test that claim that it can hold 17.5 pounds, I used Alien Tape on a mirror that weighs 17 pounds.

We covered the entire outside of the frame with Alien Tape, removed the backing and pressed it securely onto a wall. It seemed like it was holding well but after three and a half hours when I checked it, the mirror had fallen off the wall to the ground.

What’s more, the Alien Tape wouldn’t come off of the wall easily. When it did, it removed more than just paint from the wall. I pulled off part of the sheetrock.

Verdict:

Alien Tape’s claims that it can hold heavy items on a wall without damaging the wall are not true.

So finally, Does Alien Tape Work? Well NOT REALLY.

Travis M. Andrews
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book "Because He's Jeff Goldblum," a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.