October 4th, 2012 | Published in painting
A great paint job begins with solid preparation. Proper masking technique for paint protection is key to achieving sharp, clear paint lines that will make any project have professional results. Good taping methods will protect lines, cover hinges and trim and help avoid messes by stopping paint drips and spatter. The type of tape you use, and how you prep for your painting will vary from room to room and surface to surface. Here are some common tape techniques, and step-by-step guides to make your job easier.
The following steps will help you prepare for almost any paint project:
- Ensure you’re using the best tape for the job. See the tape selector chart for assistance.
- Remove wall hangings (pictures, nails, fixtures) and fill nail holes. Use
sandpaper to smooth the wall.
- The surface should be clean, dry and dust free before you begin painting.
Tape Adhesion & Surface Types
To help ensure clean, damage-free removal, your tape’s adhesion level should match the type of surface you are planning to mask.
- Delicate surfaces like wallpaper and fresh paint call for ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Advanced Delicate Surface with Edge-Lock™ Protector.
- Masking light to medium textured surfaces is the job for ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Advanced Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock™ Protector.
- For best results on heavily-textured surfaces, use ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Original Multi-Surface or ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Advanced Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock™ Protector.
Learn How to Use Painter’s Tape
- When you’re ready to mask, pull tape off the roll a few feet at a time.
- Apply tape to the surface, pressing down the edges as you go. Don’t stretch the tape, as this can cause it to lift or break.
- Secure the tape to smooth surfaces by pressing the edges down with a putty knife or 5-in-1 tool. Don’t use these tools on medium or heavy textures, as they can tear the tape.
- To further seal against seepage and paint bleeds, use your brush to paint a little of your basecoat color along the tape edge.
Know How to Remove Painter’s Tape
- Remove tape at a 45° angle, using a moderate speed.
- For best results, pull the tape back on itself. If adhesive sticks to the surface, try a 90° angle
- If paint starts to lift, use a sharp tool to cut (or score) along the painted tape edge
Clean Removal Time Tips
ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape:
- Advanced Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock™ Protector: 14-day clean removal
- Advanced Delicate Surface with Edge-Lock™ Protector: 60-day clean removal