How to Use Painter’s Tape

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Using painter's tape requires a little bit of time and a little bit of focus. Thankfully, by using painter's tape, you save time and money! Take it from Lou and try these tips next time you're preparing for your next paint project.

How to Use Painter's Tape

Tip 1

Apply a long strip of painter's tape to to the ceiling surface as close to the top of the wall as possible.
  • Slowly tap down to avoid any wrinkles or bubbles.

Tip 2

Apply strips about as long as your arm to windows and trim.
  • Only tape where you are about to paint. Do not leave the tape on too  long, it could leave a sticky residue.

Tip 3

Tape smoke detectors, outlets, and light fixtures. It is fixtures like these that tend to collect the most paint.

Tip 4

Try to avoid getting too much paint onto the tape. It is there for your protection, but you do not want to saturate it.

Tip 5

When the paint it dry to the touch, wait an hour and peel tape off.

Tip 6

If the paint begins to pull up, take a razor blade and cut the paint from the tape.  

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Published: 1/31/2020