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Mask Your WayTo A Perfect Finish!

What’s the most important part of any paint

job? Ask any 10 professional painters, and

chances are you’ll hear the same response:

preparation.They’ll also tell you it can be the most

time-consuming and often the least favorite step in

the painting process.The upside is that the time spent

prepping is an investment that pays off.

So before you dip a brush into a bucket or turn on

the spray gun, ask yourself these important questions:

 

 

• Is the surface new wallboard, old paint, woodwork,

windows or cabinetry?

• Is there woodwork, windows, cabinetry and flooring

that requires protection?

• What type of coating and how many coats will I be

applying?

• How long will the masking tape need to remain in

place?

• Will the masked surface be exposed to UV light?

 

The right tape for the job

Masking is a key step in the painting prep process.

“You need to cover windows, cabinets and floors

exactly,” Ritter says. “Sometimes you’re spraying right

up against imported tile. It has to be protected.” To

save time when masking large areas like these, use a

system that applies tape and masking film or contractor’s

plastic in one easy step.

“The important thing,” he adds, “is knowing what

kind of tape to use.Tan tape generally has higher tack

and only offers a 24-hour removal time. It’s less

expensive, but you should only use it on damage-free

surfaces and when you’re going to be removing it

quickly. Most painter’s tapes have a medium tack and

offer a 14-day clean release, even in the sun. If you’re

doing faux treatments or when you absolutely have

to be sure not to damage a surface, use a painter’s tape

made especially for delicate surfaces.”

 

Seven steps to perfect prep

 

• Choose a reliable brand you trust.Once you’re sure

you have the best tape for the job, follow these quick

and easy tips for applying and removing the tape:

 

• Don’t stretch the tape. Pull tape off the roll a few feet

at a time and lay it into any surface depressions (such

as the edge of ceramic tile). Press the tape down as

you go.

 

• Secure the tape. Press the tape edges down firmly

with a flexible putty knife, 5-in-1 tool, or any

straight-edge tool. Here is where the quality of the

tape can really pay off.

 

• Achieve sharp paint lines. On smooth surfaces, use

a low adhesion tape for delicate surfaces.On semismooth

to semi-textured surfaces, use a medium

adhesion tape for multi-surfaces. On rougher surfaces,

be sure to seal the edge of the tape with the

paint base color. This will help the tape adhere to

the rougher wall and give you clean, sharp, professional

paint lines.

 

• Remove the tape. Remove tape at a 45-degree angle,

pulling the tape back on itself. If adhesive begins to

transfer, remove at a 90-degree angle. If tape begins

to sliver or break due to the paint build-up, score

the tape edge by sliding a putty knife or other flat,

sharp object between the wall and the tape to help

remove it in one piece. You may want to use a 90-

degree angle and a slower speed of removal.

 

• Masking in a sunny location. Always use a painter’s

tape that is UV-resistant if it will be exposed to

direct sunlight. General-purpose tapes can bake

onto surfaces and be difficult to remove.

 

• Masking and taping in one step to save time.

Consider using a masking system that applies masking

tape and masking film in one easy step.Asystem that

offers a complete package – a tool, a blade, tape and

film optimized to work together seamlessly – can

offer the most hassle-free solution.

 

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