Author: Kelly Patrick

How do I apply painter’s tape in corners?

To apply painter’s tape in corners, start by running the first piece of tape along the baseboard of the wall, through the corner, and up the perpendicular wall. Burnish the tape firmly with a putty knife, then cut along the crease with a sharp utility knife, thus removing the excess tape from the wall. Repeat this process with the adjacent wall, starting about a half-inch away from the corner of the other wall, in order to keep your first tapeline...

Read More

How long can I leave painter’s tape up before painting? After painting?

When it comes to paint projects, it is best to apply and remove painter’s tape in a fairly short time span. However, there are some paint masking tapes that are designed to adhere to surfaces for longer – 3, 8, 21, even 60 days depending on the project and surface. Be sure to check the removal properties of the tape before you select. It is also important to remember that for the best results possible, you will want to remove the painter’s tape while the paint is still wet in order to prevent the paint and tape from bonding....

Read More

Does paint have to be dry before I remove the painter’s tape?

No, in fact it is best if the tape is removed from the painted surface before it has dried. This prevents the paint and the tape from bonding, which can result in a jagged edge when the tape is removed, taking pieces of paint with it. If your paint has dried completely, you can still prevent the tape from taking paint chips with it by using a razor blade to break the bond between the tape and the paint. Simply run the blade along the edge of the tape and then pull back slowly. If you hear ripping noises,...

Read More

Can I apply painter’s tape to wood flooring?

The short answer? Yes, you can apply painter’s tape to wood flooring. However, you will want to make sure you get a tape that is designed for delicate surfaces. These tapes are often formulated with a lower tack adhesive, which allows them to remove cleanly and without damage from particularly vulnerable surfaces, like finished wood floors. There are also tapes that are specifically designed for temporary use on wood floor surfaces, offering added durability to withstand foot traffic and exposure to elements like water and dirt. These temporary floor tapes may have different backings or a slightly heavier construction, but still...

Read More

How do I apply and remove painter’s tape?

Ensure clean, sharp paint lines by following these simple application and removal steps: Start by making sure your surfaces are dust and debris-free, these particles can prevent a tape from bonding properly with the surface, resulting in messy paint lines. Next, keep the roll flat against the wall, so that you only cover the trim without getting any tape on the wall. Less experienced painters should try pulling off the tape in smaller sections in order to ensure a straight line, and avoid stretching the tape. You will then eliminate all gaps and seal the edges in the tape...

Read More
  • 1
  • 2