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1655graff 01-17-2008 01:34 PM

a few ugly bubbles at blue tape line
We have recently rewalled (all new drywall & mud) some interior walls of this (our "new" fixer-upper) house. Now we've painted a couple and have found the blue tape line at a few places bubbled 1/2", 1", 1-4".

What do we do for these glitches?

We have a couple of more walls to still prime and paint, what should we do better? For example, is it better to pull the tape while the wall is still wet? How long is "too long" to leave the blue tape on?

MinConst 01-17-2008 05:43 PM

You will always get a little bleed through with standard blue tape. There is one that is smoother that can be used for a cleaner line. Also a great way to get a perfect line is. Imagine this wall. right side painted white left side painted blue. You want to paint the blue side blue.
Tape the line. Paint the blue side while (with a brush) over painting over the tape some. After this dries, paint the blue side.
The white paint on the tape creates a film that when it bleeds under the tape is bleeding onto the same color. And stops the blue paint from bleeding. Take the tape off when paint is still tacky and the line will lay down. Always remove tape at a 180 degree angle. Don't pull it straight off. Your actually almost laying the tape on itself. Thats the 180 degree angle.

sirwired 01-17-2008 06:24 PM

With a little practice, you generally don't need to tape much at all.

I am just a humble DIY, and all I use tape for is to mask off unpainted quarterround away from baseboard, and also mask off door knobs.

There is no need to mask off walls from each other, or trim or glass. Read up in this forum (or online) on "cutting in". This will make your life a LOT easier, help you paint faster (because you won't spend so much time running tape), and will usually look better in the end.


slickshift 01-17-2008 07:50 PM

There should be no reason to tape walls in the essentially "new construction" type situation
And any fresh paint that you are taping over, you are running a huge risk of pulling off the paint if it hasn't cured yet (3-4 weeks)
Where are you using it?

If you are using it for molding/flooring, don't use it to cut lines, just use it to protect the trim/floor/heater from splatter

TroyM 01-17-2008 11:28 PM

Get rid of the blue tape and save the Money$$$.

Sound like you still have a lot of painting to do.
Get yourself a good quality paint brush for cutting between ceiling/walls, trim, doors.... When you try a better brush, you will never go back.:yes: :yes:

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