Painters tape is very similar to masking tape except it is easily removed. Painters tape is commonly used when you want to leave a crisp edge on a painting project, such as a baseboard or window frame. This is especially helpful if you are wary of your painting skills.
Many people choose to use masking tape because it is less expensive. However, an actual painting tape offers some real advantages. Painting tape is designed to be removed easily. Masking tape can leave an unsightly adhesive residue. Painting tape does not buckle or wrinkle when wet. This can dramatically affect your finished project.
Knowing when to remove painters tape will help ensure a crisp and clean paint line. The best time to remove painters tape is when the paint is completely dry. While this can increase chances of peeling, knowing how to remove the tape properly can give you the best results.
Clean the Area Before Application
Dust, dirt, and moisture can affect how tape adheres to the surface. Make sure the surface is clean of all dirt and completely dry before applying painters tape or painting. Use a rag and water to clean the area before application of the tape.
Wait for the Paint to Dry
Do not let your eagerness to see the results of your labor hurry your efforts. It is important to allow the paint to set until it is dry to touch. Checking with the manufacturer for estimated drying time will help prevent unwanted finger smudges and determine when to remove painters tape.
Score the Edge
This step is not always necessary. Try removing a small section of tape in an inconspicuous area. If the line is jagged you may want to score, or cut, the edge.
Use a razor blade or putty knife to gently score the outer edge of the tape. Take care not to slice into the drywall or wood surface. This will cleanly separate the dried paint from the tape ensuring a crisp edge.
Remove the Tape
Grasp the end of the tape and pull it back onto itself at a 45-degree angle. Use a slow and steady tug. Tearing the tape off quickly can cause the tape to rip or twist. If needed, increase the angle to near 90 degrees for a clean release. Again, patience here will be rewarded.
Taping a painting project does take extra time and effort. Correct application and removal of the tape will make the time well spent.
Do-it-yourself projects can save money and be very rewarding. Many people avoid projects simply because they are unsure of their skills and wary of the results.
Take some time to research procedures. Ask an experienced friend to lend a helping hand. Take the time to follow the correct steps and stand back to admire your handiwork.