Residential Painting Boston, MA: Choosing the Painter’s Tape

Are you painting a wall, a wooden door, or a metal table? For each type of substrate, there is a specific painter’s tape.

If you use the wrong type of tape, you may end up having to endure a long, arduous job.

Glued Well With the Right Masking Paper

Quality always pays off. This principle also applies to a wide range of masking papers. If you work with inexpensive products, you risk the glue residue sticking to your substrate and that the quality of your finish leaves nothing to smile about. 

If you are painting a ceiling, wall, or door, the thickness of your painter’s tape will also be important.

Do you need masking tape? As mentioned, opt for the best quality straight away and choose the type of tape suited to the substrate.

For standard flat substrates, located inside as well as outside such as skirting boards, windows, doors, or casings, preferably use a thin tape with medium adhesive power and a taut delineation.

For a delicate paint job like masking freshly painted walls or an accent wall, use the light tack power.

On very delicate substrates such as wallpaper or raw veil, play it safe with a very light adhesive.

On a raw or porous substrate such as concrete or interior and exterior brick, preferably use a more powerful adhesive. A super-strong adhesive is ideal for all interior and exterior stone substrates.

If you need to apply the adhesive tape on a slightly damp surface, it is better to use an even more powerful adhesive. 

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Sometimes you have to spread your painting jobs over several weekends. But how long should a masking paper stay in place?

Depending on the substrate you are applying it to, the type of tape used and whether your work is done indoors or outdoors, you can leave the painter’s tape in place for a limited time.

It also depends on the drying of the paint (in aqueous or synthetic phase) and on the environment in which you’re painting: humidity, temperature, more or less strong wind.

Ideally, the tape is removed when the paint film is no longer too wet, that is to say, before it is completely dry.

The painter’s tape that you glued to a primer, and which has therefore been covered, can remain in place for the application of the next coat of paint. However, that said, in doing so, you run the risk that by removing that tape afterward, it will tear due to successive layers of paint.

Note: If you use inexpensive tape, there is a risk that it will tear when you remove it, leaving glue residue, and the paint coating being damaged. For this reason, always buy good quality tape and do not leave it on longer than directed.

How do I apply masking tape?

The application may seem tedious to you, but it is an essential step to be carried out meticulously if you want to obtain a perfect finish, worthy of the time and the budget incurred for your painting work.

Clean the surface to be painted before installation, so as not to risk getting your tape wet once installed.

Apply the tape in shorter pieces obtains a precise application. A long tape may peel off but also may not follow the line you lay it on as accurately as with shorter sections. 

Also, the long strip tape does not adhere as well, and the paint may get under your protection.

Smooth the tape with your finger to be sure the bond is perfect.

When your paint job is finished, peel off the tape before the paint is completely dry, proceeding at a 135-degree angle.

If the paint has dried completely, use a craft knife to slit the tape between the tape and the painted surface, which will prevent the paint from flaking off the edge.

I hope the above tips help you find a suitable painter tape for your project.

As earlier mentioned, always keep in mind that quality comes before anything else when choosing a painter’s tape and any other painting tool for that matter.

Without the correct, high quality painter’s tape, getting those straight lines will be elusive, and your work will leave little to desire.

If you need any help to repaint your home interior, Total Pro Painters can help. 

It might sound like a extra cost at first, but in the long run, you will appreciate the quality and durability of the final paint job

At Total Pro Painters, we have years of experience in exterior and interior home painting and staining serving Boston Massachusetts homeowners. 

If you would love to try us, call us today at (774) 509-0345 for a FREE estimate!