1. Proper tape removal

Proper tape removal

From the sharpest lines to the easiest clean-up, tape removal is an important step in your painting project. A little patience and preparation will help you avoid peeling away paint when you take off your painter’s tape.

Proper tape removal

From the sharpest lines to the easiest clean-up, tape removal is an important step in your painting project. A little patience and preparation will help you avoid peeling away paint when you take off your painter’s tape.

Proper tape removal

From the sharpest lines to the easiest clean-up, tape removal is an important step in your painting project. A little patience and preparation will help you avoid peeling away paint when you take off your painter’s tape.

Here’s how to pull it off

  • In the following steps, we’ll explain the importance of scoring. All you need is a putty knife or razor blade, and you’ll be on your way to a great reveal.

When to remove painter’s tape – Step-by-step instructions

  • Blue painter's tape on a baseboard.

    Wait

    Wait until the paint is dry to the touch before removing the tape. Check the paint can for the manufacturer's dry times.

  • A person using a razor blade to score along the edge of painter's tape.

    Score

    Use a putty knife or razor blade to score along the edge of the tape. This prevents paint from being pulled up with the tape and from cracking along the paint line.

  • A person removing painter's tape from a baseboard.

    Tape

    Taking your time, lift up the painter’s tape and pull it back on itself, removing at a 45 degree angle. If adhesive sticks to the surface, try a 90-degree angle.

  • A white baseboard and light blue wall.

    Clean finish

    You’ll get a sharp, clean line and a professional-looking paint job!


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