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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 because sometimes you're spraying right up against imported tile or other costly material that needs to be protected.  To save time when masking large areas, use a system that applies tape and masking film or contractor's plastic in one easy step.  An important thing to know is 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 tape 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 a 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.  A system 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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Mask Your Way To A Perfect Finish!

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​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 making tape need to remain in place?
  • Will the masked surface be exposed to UV light?