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Importance of Scoring


A little patience and preparation will help you avoid peeling away paint when you take off your painter’s tape.


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1. Wait for Dry Paint

Any latex paint can lift off the surface if you try to remove the tape before the paint is thoroughly dry (see paint manufacturer dry times on can).


2. Clean Removal

For clean removal, use a flexible putty knife or 5-in-1 tool and score along the edge of the tape. This will help break the paint bond between the wall and tape edge. Taking your time, lift up the painter’s tape at a 45 degree angle. You’ll get a sharp, clean line and a professional looking paint job.

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