How to use masking tape when painting

Achieving straight lines when painting can be one of the most challenging but important aspects of the project. knowing and not knowing how to use tape can be the difference between a lousy job, and a job well done. There are three basic steps to follow and if done correctly will make all the difference.

  • Knowing which tape to use
  • knowing how to use it properly
  • knowing how to remove it

Since every project is different you will want to select the right tape for the substrate to ensure proper adhesion. Use this simple tape selector chart to find the right tape for your next project-

Applying the tape straight and locking down the edge are both a must for a professional looking job. Ive listed some suggestions to help you with this.

  • when taping apply just 2-3 feet at a time.
  • use either a 5in1 tool or a putty knife to press down and lock the edge, assuring no paint will accumulate underneath.
  • corners are the the most meticulous areas and are often done wrong by the inexperienced. However, by taking shorter lengths and using more, you can help ensure a nice square corner.

Now with your project almost complete you are ready to remove the tape. Ive listed helpful advice for doing this properly:

  • Remove the tape only after the paint is fully dry
  • to avoid peeling any paint, remove the tape at a 45-degree angle
  • remove and reapply between coats

Working with masking tape can be one of the most meticulous aspects of a paint job. but by following these directions you should save time and get the results you are looking for.