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Old 11-05-2011, 01:07 PM   #1
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When pulling off the tape from my walls, some of the paint pulled off in sheets, right down to the white painted wall underneath my new red paint in some areas. Unfortunately, I had to use several coats of paint because I was painting over builder paint for the first time and so there is a pretty large difference where the red edge pulled away and the original wall.

I am wondering what the best way to fix this might be. Should I sand the areas where this happened (tricky because it is between the wall and ceiling, seems like it would be difficult to sand) or should I try some spackle to even it out, then repaint?

I used Aura paint and the green frog tape. I pulled the tape after I finished all of the coats I needed in the whole room, so about three days total.

This was a big enough job without this problem and I am not sure what to do. :-(

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Old 11-05-2011, 04:33 PM   #2
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Do a search. This has been covered numerous times, in fact more than numerous.

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Old 11-06-2011, 06:07 AM   #3
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Part of the problem may lie with the builder's flat, which has a tendency to chalk. The chalkiness will give adhesion problems when removing tape. It's good practice to seal builder's flats with a good primer prior to finishing, one that has ability to adhere to chalky surfaces. Get off the tape, it's a drug. Check my blog for a tutorial on painting without using tape. Free yourself. Prime the peeled areas, spackle if necessary, reprime, then finish.
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Get off the tape, it's a drug.
Especially the frogtape.... I hear people are licking it........

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JS- You always tell people to not use tape- but I don't agree when gravity and roller spatter (IE- base) is involved.
If trim is already finished ( and I finish trim first when doing both) I tape base always. Why spend the time cleaning paint off? I use a handmasker and 3" paper most of the time, and tuck a drop under the paper.
Agree on sides of things as far as a brush cut.
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I agree. I do use tape, but not to cut lines. It does serve a masking purpose.
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I guess here in DIY land- it might be helpful to make that clear.(er)

Most of the time it sounds like you are saying never use any.
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I guess here in DIY land- it might be helpful to make that clear.(er)

Most of the time it sounds like you are saying never use any.
Roger that.
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At first prime damaged areas - Zinsser 123 should be enough. Spackle and sand with sponge. Prime again and paint. For cutting ceiling lines is better to spend $20 for good brush instead of 20 for 2 rolls of tape which damage the finish. Good luck

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JS- You always tell people to not use tape- but I don't agree when gravity and roller spatter (IE- base) is involved.
If trim is already finished ( and I finish trim first when doing both) I tape base always.
Speaking of gravity and baseboard: the one place gravity works against you when cutting wall paint is against the top of the baseboard. (It works against at the top of doors and windows too, but 90% of the time who cares about perfection there?) Not talking about drips - talking about gravity dragging your paint line edge down.

If I'm painting the trim, I paint most trim first, then the walls, then baseboard last. This allows me to be non-perfect when cutting wall paint against the baseboard. Then paint the baseboard with gravity in your favor (and the baseboard acts as a physical guide for the brush) and you get a perfect line. No tape required anywhere for this method.

When not painting the trim, then masking the top edge of the baseboard (the 1/8" ledge) works well, then cut the wall with a relatively dry brush. I use this with good results.
http://tinyurl.com/86o6sny

The tape goes on first thing (might as well) to avoid drips as brushjockey mentions.
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Old 11-11-2011, 10:08 PM   #11
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You painted over the tape and left the paint dry on the tape. If not removing the tape right away before you need to take a razor blade and cut a line between the paint film and the tape. Always remove the tape as you paint

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