Using Painter's Tape Like a Pro

Andy Gilbert

Posted on October 05 2017

Tape Man Blue has collected some of the top tricks of the trade from professional contractors and DIYers to help even the most novice painter achieve a flawless look using blue tape product. The professionals at Tape Man Blue hope that these tips help you use our products more effectively. We welcome your tips as well. If you have a pro tip you would like to share, join the conversation on our facebook page

Tape Man Blue has collected some of the top tricks of the trade from professional contractors and DIYers to help even the most novice painter achieve a flawless look using blue tape product.

1.      Pro-Tip #1 - Clean the Surface: Before you even begin applying the tape, make sure the moldings are clean. Dust and dirt can prevent the tape from sticking. If the area is greasy and requires a more thorough cleaning, wait until the surface is completely dry before applying painter’s tape.

2.      Pro-Tip #2 - Combine with Protective Tapes for Full Room Coverage: Use masking paper in conjunction with painters tape to avoid splatter. This can be very helpful if you’re painting a surface with large trim or using a paint roller on the walls or ceiling. To provide even better coverage, Tape Man Blue offers protective tape designed specifically for carpets and floors.

3.      Pro-Tip#3 - Speed up Painting Prep with an Applicator: Contractors may use a painter’s tape applicator to speed up the process of the laying the tape. If you don’t have an applicator, Family Handy Man has another trick to accelerate this step: Stick a few inches of tape to the molding and then unroll about six inches. Hold the tape roll tight against the wall and rotate it down quickly to stick the tape. Repeat with the next section.  

4.      Pro-Tip #4 - Overlap the tape generously: To avoid getting unwanted paint between the cracks.When applying tape in the corner of the wall, make the first piece of tape longer than the area you are covering. Press down in the corner with a putty knife, then cut along the crease with a utility knife to remove the excess tape.

5.      Pro-Tip #5 - Press Down to Bond the Tape: After applying the tape, press down to make sure it is sticking properly to the wall. The heat helps to activate the bonding agents in the tape, according to a Creative Imperative post which suggests using a credit card to burnish the tape to keep your fingers from overheating. A putty knife is also a good tool to assist with the application, according to Family Handy Man.

6.      Pro-Tip #6 - Beware of uneven services: Extra care may be needed when painting an older home. Since flat surfaces in older houses tend to be uneven extra case is needed to firmly apply the tape, also we advise not painting over the tape.  When painting the desired area, bring the fully loaded brush within 2 ¼ inches of the tape and then go very lightly on the last ¼ inch.

7.      Pro-Tip #7 - Paint the Corners: If you’re painting an accent wall, you can use painter’s tape to get a straight line at the inside corner where the walls meet. Start by painting around the corner with the first color. When that dries, mask off that side with painters tape. Place the tape about 1/8inch from the corner and you’re ready for your second color.  You will have a nice straight transition between colors.

8.      Pro-Tip #8 - Time Tape Removal Carefully: How you remove the tape is just as important as how you apply it. Removing the tape too soon can cause the paint to chip, and waiting too long can cause the adhesive to stick to the woodwork. To avoid peeling off the paint, pull the tape off immediately or waiting overnight for the paint to dry completely.  Alternatively, some experts suggest “scoring” or running a blade along the edge of the tape before removing it.  Once ready to remove the tape, pull down and away at a 45-degree angle. If done correctly, your finished project should look flawless and professional.

The professionals at Tape Man Blue hope that these tips help you use our products more effectively. We welcome your tips as well. If you have a pro tip you would like to share, join the conversation on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tapemanblue.

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