Mistakenly tore paper of heating bed



I just got an Anet A8 printer and while tearing off all the acrylic paper I mistakenly pealed the paper off the heating bed. Doh!

Is there a way to replace that or do I have to buy another heating bed?



UPDATE: A lot of good information in the comments below. Here is my take on getting going with 3d Printing from tinkering and what I got from it beyond any comments below on specific items. Hope this helps some others as much as it has me.

Starting with a box of parts and knowing almost nothing about 3d printing, this forum really helped get my bearings. So thanks to all for that.

I quit using the Blue Painters Tape for now and moved to using a glass surface (below) which works great. I didn’t see the 3M tape listed below but found Scotch® Blue Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape 2in X 60yds (2090-48N). The 1.88 width allowed me to easily lay down 4 strips across and line up. I started from the center out from a mark I put on each side of the heatbed plate after measuring the halfway point. When I didn’t get the tape to seamlessly align just right, just pulled up the offending side and straightened it out. Pretty easy to not overlap nor leave any gaps. Still, glass works as good as I need, so going with that.

Researched a bit on the bed leveling and I redid it to where the A4 paper was movable but catching when the bed and nozzle were already heated up. I had to be careful moving the extruder around but I read that makes a difference and seemed reasonable to expect expansion from heat.

I was still having some issues with printing and noticed the heatbed was a bit jittery on forward and back motion and I tightened it a bit more and that smoothed that out.

Per below suggestion ordered Glass to replace tape (Heated Bed Tempered Borosilicate Glass Plate 213*200*3mm) from Amazon for about $12 and add some “extra hold” hairspray I guess and hold the glass down with binder clips to the heating bed. Just letting the bed cool and wiping the glass off with a paper towel and some isopropyl alcohol between prints and I was up and running with few failed prints. I did splurge $6 and bought a 3D Print Removal Tool fromToyBuilder Labs on Amazon that works great to pop the designs quickly.

Also, picking the right design with a very solid footprint on the glass really helped at first figure out what works. Something over an inch or two that was thin and flat worked great and helped me see what was what.

Of course I had to level the bed a few times to just it just so the paper would catch just a bit across the new glass bed. After getting the bed level and at the right height, haven’t had to adjust it since.

My final issue was getting blobs of brown plastic dropping on the designs and ruining them. The extruder was leaking above the nozzle and heating element and eventually dropping globs of burned plastic in the middle of prints. I am using a very small tool to clean off the plastic off both as it is printing. Takes a minute every 10 or fifteen minutes to keep it clean on long prints but easily getting through the print cycle many time successfully.

Getting there but it definitely takes some knowledge to do this well. Good to know.

Thanks everyone.


Hello. This is no big problem. The ehite tape is to protect the bed from scratches during transport. You can buy blue masking tape to replace it. Or you print directly on the alumium surface. Do not forget to level the bed again. But in my opinion the best practise is to buy 3M 467MP adhesive tape and pertinax. This is the best surface for printing.



It is there to protect the bed during transport. I personally don’t use any tape for printing and haven’t had a problem doing so, the prints stick to the bed fine, only filament I have found troublesom is ABS, but other filiments have been fine to print. But if you wish you can buy the blue tape.


dont worry, you can use masking tape to replace that

e.g. blue tape, but i just use cheap masking tape

ps.: maybe try some hairspray to increase the stickiness of the print area


Don’t worry. That is just masking tape. Just cover your head bed in painters tape


Hello! Just remember to put the tape on when the bed is cold. There should be any need for gluestick or hairspray when using blue tape. Hairspray and gluestick are good on the aluminium bed. Check your bedleveling if prints do not stick. Maybe the original tape was slightly thicker than your bluetape. Until you use pla bluetape is okay. But abs often peels of the bluetape while warping. Best regards Sebastian


Buy any 220x220mm 3mm thick glass, and use it as “tape”. Clamp it to the hotbed, and use hair spray to get better adhession of pieces. Le the pieces cold down alone and they will almos pop themselves.


Buildtak I recommend that stuff over masking take. I can make ABS stick to it like cement. With masking tape it peels the tape up


I am using PLA for now but will keep this in mind to try as I go. Thanks,


That is a good suggestion. I found a good one to try for around $10 on Amazon. It is close enough I think: “Heated Bed Tempered Borosilicate Glass Plate 213*200*3mm”.

Just some binder clips and I should be good to go to give that process a shot. Thanks,


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