1. Prep & Tape Application

Surface Prep & Tape Application

Learn the basics of good masking in four easy steps and you'll become an expert in no time.

Surface Prep & Tape Application

Learn the basics of good masking in four easy steps and you'll become an expert in no time.

Surface Prep & Tape Application

Learn the basics of good masking in four easy steps and you'll become an expert in no time.

  • Mask Like a Pro

    Good masking is the key to sharp, professional paint lines and an overall neat, finished look. It can also save you time because you won’t need to do touch- ups once your project is complete. Follow the steps below to make your project look like it was done by a professional.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Clean Surface

    Clean Surface

    The surface should be clean, dry and dust-free so the tape sticks properly.

  • Apply Tape

    Apply Tape

    Lay tape onto the surface, pressing down as you go. Don’t stretch the tape, or it may lift or break.

  • Secure Tape

    Secure Tape

    Press tape down firmly with a smooth edge, like a putty knife or credit card.

  • Let Tape Set

    Let Tape Set

    Wait about 30 to 60 minutes before you begin painting.

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