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Old 01-20-2008, 05:06 PM   #1
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Paint coming off wall when I pull masking down


after finishing the wall I pulled the masking down and it took a large chunk of paint off the wall.
It peeled right off down to the primer, how can I avoid this, and how do I fix it now that it's done?

I was considering waiting a week and sanding down the torn area, then repainting just that area, would that work? Or do I have to repaint the whole wall?

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Old 01-20-2008, 06:33 PM   #2
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then repainting just that area, would that work? Or do I have to repaint the whole wall?
Ayuh,........

I'd go touch it up Right Now,+ not look back................

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Old 01-20-2008, 07:11 PM   #3
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Yeah, what he said. The way to avoid this in the future is to remove masking tape immediately, while the paint is still wet. If you leave it up for an hour while the paint starts to dry, it'll pull the paint right off the wall. Personally, I've found it easier to not use masking tape, partially for that reason. Unless the adjoining surface can't be cleaned (like unfinished wood, or fabric or something) it's easier to do a careful job of cutting in with a sash brush.
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Old 01-20-2008, 07:12 PM   #4
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Tape needs to be removed several minutes after painting to avoid this problem, once paint has dried , you have paint on tape as well as wall so somthing has to give
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...might work, might not
Worth a try though

Perhaps this is a good time to mention a few things about tape here:

Masking tape should never be used
Ever
It will almost always pull up something

Special "release" painting tape should be used when needed
(usually blue, sometimes green)
Yes, it's more money, but that's because it will release when needed

Painter's tape should never be used on fresh (fresh=less than a month) uncured paint

Painter's tape should be used to keep splatter off surfaces, not be used to "cut a line", as when it is, it causes more problems than it solves

If people use painter's tape as a tool, not a crutch, then things usually turn out OK
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There's a reason painters tape exists...to fill a need. That need is tape that doesn't pull up.

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Old 01-22-2008, 08:03 PM   #7
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just to clarify, I did use painters tape, not masking tape. I think the problem was I didn't retape after every coat, and I think I should have.
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No, that wouldn't matter

When tape is used, it's never removed and re-taped for coat #2

It's another reason
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Old 01-24-2008, 06:22 PM   #9
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I'm confused. Did you put the tape on a painted surface, and that's what came off?

Or, are you saying the fresh paint, that dried came off? If so, a razor knife is typically used to cut where the new paint meets the tape.
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the paint I had just painted came off, but I did use a knife on the rest of the mask and it came off fine.

I sanded down where the paint meets the bare wall and repainted that area, a few coats later, it seems to be working , you might be able to see the line where the paint ripped if you look closely though.
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Whether masking tape or painters tape or high priced specialty tape, this situation can still happen. The new paint dries on top of the tape.
Pro painters have a method to avoid this by pulling the tape quickly at a severe angle. Most of the time it works. The type of paint used is also a factor. Of course, the best way to avoid the situation is to pull the tape while the paint is still wet. But, in the industry it's very common for tape to remain a day or even two after the paint is up. The main concern for tape is damage to the surface its stuck to. That's where the painters tapes come in to play.

To fix the spots that pulled off you could have patched it with compound, sanded and then touched up.

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