Answer for When do you remove the masking tape when painting?

I've read several reviews that say that frog tape takes the original paint off the wall when you remove it after painting. I'd almost rather have this problem than retouching the thirteen eight foot tall vertical stripes my husband and I just painted with out using any preventative measures for bleeding. What a PIA.

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Well, if you are like me and it to late for the prep and you need to get the tape off. I used the frog tape but it was on for 2 days a peeling. Until I start pulling the tape off flat (instead of down or out) and at a 45 degree angle. So if the tape was on the ceiling you are pulling the tape back over itself with the tape as close to the ceiling as possible. Worked for me.

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I have been professionally painting for a number of years and have to say that when it comes to using tape or tape and plastic to protect a molding or floor board the best method it to forget the tape and instead carry a damp rag or cloth with you to clean any over brush spots as you go. Also choosing a good brush will help when cutting. I prefer using Wooster Silver Tip or Gold Series brushes and to properly use a brush. Dip it in the paint then gently slap the brush on the inside of the can to remove excess paint. Pick your starting spot and above your cut line gently push on your brush till the bristles are spread a little and pull towards your body. This should create a good straight cut line. Practice is the key here. If you choose to use tape you will almost always get tape bleed. I ONLY use tape when hanging plastic to ready a room for spraying.

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My practice is to remove the masking tape as soon as the paint doesn't look wet anymore. This means the paint has "set" so it won't bleed as the tape is removed, but it is not yet "dry" so the tape won't pull the paint off when it is removed. I have also found that pulling the tape up at a shallow angle as if you are trying to stretch it, and away from the wall at a slight angle, almost as if you are trying to pull the tape sideways tends to get it to separate cleanly. Pulling straight up or pulling the tape back on itself can pull the paint up with the tape.

As to bleeding, I don't know when the original question was posted, but there is now a specialty masking tape on the market called "Frog Tape" that prevents bleeding past the tape line when used with water based paints (Latex). As soon as water hits the edge of the tape, the adhesive forms a gel that fills all the nooks and crannies in the surface and paint can't get past it. It's a bit more expensive than blue painter's tape, but if you really need a clean tape line, the stuff works.

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You can use Frog Tape (like the blue painter's tape but is a green color, available at all Home Depots) and you will have zero bleed (unless the texture is excessive on the walls. Another way is to rub a light coat of paintable caulk over the edge of the tape, let dry and then paint. works 100% of the time.

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To prevent bleeding you paint over the edge of the tape with the base color and then go over it again with the color you want it to be.

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If you learn good brushing and rolling techniques, you can minimize the need for taping altogether…

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Masking Tape Removal

I will use blue tape from 3m that has the 14 day removal on it. Place tape on wall and use a credit card to press down on edge of tape where paint will be applied. Rub a little Clear Finger-nail polish on same edge. Dries fast! Paint will not go under to bleed through. Remove tape 15 minutes after. Great lines.

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I sometimes use tape on baseboards when using dark colors and have had the best success when pulling the tape off before it dries, about 10-15 minutes after painting. Also, I go real light with the paint around the tape and can't always put more than one coat or the paint tears which is probably whats happening. I'll also take a sneak peak under the tape as I'm working to see if it's misbehaving.

Maybe try a paint conditioner/extender (Floetrol) and see if that helps. I usually add less than recommended, and it helps the paint flow smoother and more evenly. I try and get the tape off as soon as it starts drying and pull it back slowly on top of itself when removing.

And I never leave it on overnight never mind the 14 days it says it's good for. Also make sure to wipe the area to be taped with a damp cloth before so it sticks nicely.

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Try spackling

You can try to cover up the line left by the removed paint with spackling. You will have to retexture this area if your walls have some kind of texture. Sanding new paint, especially Latex, is really hard to do.

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Paint lines

I had the same problem with paint coming off with the masking tape. Now I have a jagged paint line where the paint came off. I've tried getting rid of if by gently sanding the line and repainting just that area a couple of time but you can still see where the paint was pulled off. Any ideas how I can get rid of this?

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A few more ideas for taping

The paint you're using can be an issue also. Maybe someone can comment on this further since I'm no expert in paint bases. But some colors that require a medium base for example or need a lot of tint added to them, result in a thicker paint and I've had issues with bleeding etc.
When this starts happening, I only paint one coat over the tape (I like to remove it after say 15 minutes) and use the line as a guide for the second coat.

Another thing to consider is the quality of paint and how you are working with it. It is always a good idea to use premium paints, keep whatever paint you're using covered and work out of a small pail/bucket. Cheap paints often break down as soon as you start using them, resulting in a bogery, clotty mess. Adding Floetrol can help if your paint starts to thicken.

I also avoid going directly over the tape with a loaded brush. I either wipe both sides on the bucket or brush the excess out higher on the wall before going over the tape. Light coats also dry quicker which helps.

Taping is not perfect by any means. I consider myself pretty good at it. It saves me time, but there will always be touch up.

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Tape peeling and bleeding

To keep paint from peeling off when removing tape, simply take a utility knife and gently score along the edge of the tape. Don't press so hard that it cuts into your drywall, though. Then slowly peel the tape away.

To prevent bleeding of your paint under the tape if you're doing stripes or something like that, go over the edges of the tape with a light coating of paint medium from your local art store. Paint medium is what artists mix with their paints before painting canvasses. Don't mix this with your paint, simply paint it straight from the bottle onto the tape – it dries clear, so the only thing that's going to bleed under the tape is going to be clear. Make sure to get matte if you're painting flat colors, glossy if you're painting glossy, etc.

Once that artist medium has dried, then paint over it with whatever color you want. You will have zero bleed through.

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Actually, both are right. Normally I remove the tape right after I've finished painting. But if I can't, I leave the tape attached until the paint has dried. As you have found out the paint can be torn off a short while after application. Modern acrylic paint dries quickly but still needs time to fully adhere to the surface. Generally, if the tape can't be removed within 30 minutes after application it is best to wait for a few hours.

Bleed through is another problem that is difficult to control. I use the tape as a guide for cutting and apply the paint in thin coats instead of one thick one. Some bleeding is probably inevitable, but carefully brushing thin coats and not piling the paint into the tape will minimize this.

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