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Old 09-14-2011, 12:22 PM   #1
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Painting Problem!

Recently painted my living room. I taped very well around the door frames and window frames. (1948 house) The problem is that the paint completely soaks into whatever caulking is around the frames and peels off the paint when I remove the tape. What can I do to get the painting job done?


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Old 09-14-2011, 02:09 PM   #2
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NOt quite following here.......perhaps a picture or two would help us help you. I don't know how confident you are in your painting abilities, but, you could certainly NOT USE the tape if it's pulling off paint from the walls. A good trim brush (with practice and patience) can get you close to the trim without putting paint on the trim. Then you could lose the masking tape. If paint is soaking into the caulking as you describe and you still want to mask off, you may need to put a bonding primer onto the dried caulk so it gets sealed up and quits absorbing the paint. Personally, I would just freehand it so I wouldn't need any masking tape at all.


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Don't use tape. Problem solved.
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Old 09-14-2011, 03:47 PM   #4
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If the paint is easily peeling off the caulk- ( soaking in is kinda throwing me..) I am suspicious that someone used the dreaded silicone caulk.
Does paint-water, anything bead up on the caulk? If so - that is the problem.
And a cursed problem it is- hard to fix- so one again I will say to whoever listens-
DON"T USE !100% UNPAINTABLE Silicone caulk unless you really know why you are doing it and what that means!!
Meanwhile- check it out and see if that looks like the problem.. I'll hold more rant till later..
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:41 PM   #5
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if your using latex paint and masking off with blue tape you need to take off tape while the paint is still wet. Latex paint dries very fast, so you need to take the tape off in, oh lets say 5 min, or you risk peeling paint off the wall. If you need to apply second coat, your screwed. So, eliminate the tape, buy a decent brush and cut in free hand. You will probably save time in the long run anyway.
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Old 09-15-2011, 02:15 AM   #6
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Just to add my 2 cents. If you must use tape and it is pulling the paint off the wall, then the paint on the wall was not applied properly or you are taping before it has cured properly. Tape will not pull old paint off of a properly painted wall


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