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Old 04-24-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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Heck. I'm spending more time removing the blue tape I used to tape off the bathroom, than I did to prime and paint. Towel bars, medicine cabinet, sink cabinet, door, lights over sink, toilet paper holder, baseboard. I'll never get it all off.

The tape is primed and painted on and I'm having to slice it near the wall, then use a razor blade to pry it off. Just when I think I've gotten a section done I look closely and see a line of blue. This morning saw a trail of red on my new paint and realized I'd also sliced my fingers.

Since I dont' read posts about others having this problem I assume it's just the brand of tape I used and I don't remember where I bought it. (there's a duck on the inside).

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how long did you leave the tape on for?

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It was put on about 3-4 weeks ago before priming, then I waited for a paint sale and tried removing it today.
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None of us, or should I say, very few professionals use masking tape. One, it's too damn expensive, and, two, it's not all that effective. You still get paint that trickles around the tape to get on items you have taped off. The best thing to do is remove all covers, towel bars, toilet paper holders, etc. from the wall. Then, MAYBE you would want to tape off woodwork and trim if you know you will be sloppy. Usually for covering trim I make a foot long cover made of cardboard to slide over the woodwork to prevent splatters. If I do get some splatters on the woodwork, I quickly wipe it off with a wet rag.
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another bad thing.........some places where I could pull the tape off it pulled tiny chunks of paint with it so I now have to do touchups. I'm going to a craft store for a small inexpensive artist brush for that.
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None of us, or should I say, very few professionals use masking tape. One, it's too damn expensive, and, two, it's not all that effective. You still get paint that trickles around the tape to get on items you have taped off. The best thing to do is remove all covers, towel bars, toilet paper holders, etc. from the wall. Then, MAYBE you would want to tape off woodwork and trim if you know you will be sloppy. Usually for covering trim I make a foot long cover made of cardboard to slide over the woodwork to prevent splatters. If I do get some splatters on the woodwork, I quickly wipe it off with a wet rag.

why yes, I agree ( see? It does happen)
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If you have to use tape get the blue 3 m brand
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ok (on the 3m)

The towel bar and tp holder are big white brackets that are imbedded into the wall. I didn't see any way to get those off. Do these type come off? Next year I'll be facing the same thing in another bathroom but I have to stop now and prepare for summer yard work.
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Usually towel bars, toilet paper holders, etc. have tiny set screws on the underside of the brackets that hold them to the wall. Once you loosen the set screw, the brackets come off and you are left with the rest of the bracket that usually is held on with phillips screws and can be easily removed. Just an FYI Startingover!
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Chris, after this post, I went and played the lottery! No hard feelings.......I know we all get on each other's nerves at times.......your advice is as good as it comes on here.
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gymschu, here's a photo of the brackets I have. This is looking underneath. I didn't want to mess up the drywall by prying them out. But, in both bathrooms I don't like the location of the towel bars. They're right in the middle of the big wall so there's no space to put another and bathrooms never have enough towel bars.


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It was put on about 3-4 weeks ago before priming, then I waited for a paint sale and tried removing it today.
That is waaaaaaaay to long to leave on. You are very lucky the paper is not coming off the sheetrock. Good Lord I can't believe that's all the problems it's causing.
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gymschu, here's a photo of the brackets I have. This is looking underneath. I didn't want to mess up the drywall by prying them out. But, in both bathrooms I don't like the location of the towel bars. They're right in the middle of the big wall so there's no space to put another and bathrooms never have enough towel bars.


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Startingover, I can't tell for sure because of the shadow in the photo, but it does look like a set screw on the bottom. They are hard to see sometimes because they are "set" in to the bracket so you don't see them. They require a very small screwdriver tip to loosen them. Of course, all this info isn't worth much to you now since you are done with your painting project!
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Yeah you left the tape on way way to long. If they don't have a screw to pop them off they usually slide on and off so try sliding it up.
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I don't know guys here in Fla. those are put on with thinset.

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