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Old 04-24-2013, 09:38 PM   #16
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taping off things prior to painting


no screw and they don't slide up but thanks.

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as tool said they are sometimes part of the wall and cannot come off.

blue tape, prime, paint the same day, remove the same day
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Yup- tape is usually best pulled right after paint sets- some are rated 3 day, some 14 day.
I often have to score tape to pull cleanly, but I use a putty knife or my dull pocket knife. Because it's dull, it doesn't cut the tape like you're doing, just scores or dents the edge. Then If it is stubborn the putty knife helps to scrape it to get an edge up.
And those kind of towel bars are glued on, so no removing, and because they are rounded back to the wall, almost impossible to tape clean. I will mask them off for spatters, but the cut to the holder must be done freehand.
Always carry a rag and a small putty knife when you paint, and you can clean up a cut by putting the rag over the blade and do a very accurate wipe.
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I never use tape. If a slightly unsteady hand leaves a messy line, apply a very thin bead of caulk around, and use a wet finger to smooth. It will create a clean line.

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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).
For future reference take hardware like toilet paper holders and towel bars of before you prime and paint. If the lights are a pain to cut around take them off as well and use a work light while painting. As far a cabinets/vanities go I just drape a lightweight piece of plastic over them when I'm rolling above them. You should be able to cut in where these meet the wall, if you can't you really should not be painting. No offense.

If you must tape use the 3M Blue tape and don't leave it on more than a couple days. I prefer to pull it as soon as I've painted over the area where it's used.

I'm doing all new construction now and the only thing that gets taped is the top of the baseboard. I only do that because I spray all the trim before I cut and roll the walls and I don't want any splatter from the roller to end up on the base. Even then I pull the tape as soon as the wall is rolled. I DO NOT wait for the paint to dry , if you do you will end up using a knife or end up pulling the paint off the wall with the tape , as you have discovered.

Also it's a good idea not to depend on the tape for cutting in purposes, some paint will get behind it. The tape you would want for that is called Frog tape and is ridiculously priced.
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I never use tape. If a slightly unsteady hand leaves a messy line, apply a very thin bead of caulk around, and use a wet finger to smooth. It will create a clean line.

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I'd have to disagree with this method. Unpainted caulking will soon attract dust and dirt and become unsightly.

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