Using masking or painter’s tape is a fairly common practice when it comes to painting. Everyone, from artists to house painters in Wellington, uses the tape to ensure the paintwork is not smudged and spread to non-painted areas.
While things are fairly straightforward when it comes to artistic painting, masking tape usage is mostly wrongly done by painters. Most painters peel off the tape prematurely, while the paint is still wet. This article will cover all you need to know about removing the painter’s tape.
When to remove the painter’s tape
Ideally, the painter’s tape should only be removed after the paint has dried completely. Dried doesn’t mean touch dry—it essentially means that the paint should be dry vertically. While this is something most masking tape manufacturers insist on their packaging, not every painter follows it. They follow the outdated practices of removing the tape while it is still wet. However, this method can cause quite a mess, including,
- Wet paint may seep into the area that was previously masked by the tape
- Multiple yards of tape, when removed, can touch and stain your clean walls or floors
You can avoid these problems by simply waiting until the paint has dried to remove the tape. Tape manufacturers often have recommended drying time on their packages. For instance, some specify a 14-day removal period, during which you can remove the tape at any point. What’s worthy to note here is that by keeping the tape on the wall longer than the recommended time, you risk leaving behind a sticky residue on the surface.
How to remove the painter’s tape?
You can remove the painter’s tape by pulling the tape back on itself from one end. Do this at a steady pace in slow motion at a 45-degree angle to the painted surface. In case the tape tears or you are unable to pull it back, use a utility knife to cut through the paint and pull the tape. Ideally, removing the tape should leave you with a crisp, painted edge.
How to apply the painter’s tape properly?
When applying the painter’s tape, follow the steps given below:
- Clean the surface and ensure it is dust-free and dry
- Apply tape onto the surface
- Secure the tape by pressing it down as you go. Press down harder when taping bumpy surfaces to ensure the tape goes into the depressions.
- Let the tape sit for 30-60 minutes before you paint
Applying painter’s tape ensures you have the perfect finish to your walls. However, this effort will remain fruitless if you don’t follow the proper instructions of removing the tape, as given on the package. Therefore, make sure to remove the tape only after the paint has dried enough that it doesn’t spill.