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Please Help!! Me and my husband are having a disagreement about painting.

Are we supposed to take off the tape (painter's tape used to keep paint off of the ceiling, floor, etc), soon after painting before the paint dries, or should we wait for the paint to dry?

I think we should take it off soon after, because I have seen it pull off the paint with it. Hope someone knows the best way to do it!

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:33 AM on Aug. 13, 2009 in Home & Garden

Answers (6)
  • You can remove it when the paint is dry to the touch.

    Answer by ariesfool at 1:39 AM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • i've always done it right after painting but i dont know

    Answer by vgiron at 1:40 AM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • Honestly, it's best to remove it when the paint is still tacky. If you wait till it dries, you'll pull little chips off with the tape. If you remove it when the paint is still wet, you could have a run.

    Answer by PaceMyself at 1:44 AM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • you should remove it while it is still tacky, not wet and runny. like Pace says if you wait too long it will peel off too many chips. but if you are time constrained you can use a blowdryer both ways. to dry thepaint fast enough at the tape lines to remove it cleanly OR to warm the dried paint so it will be flexible enough to not crack when you pull the tape from dried paint. i always use the warm blowdryer just in case either way if you paint a large room-the first painted areas will be dry and the last painted areas will be wet. and then you'll have cracked chips on one side and runs on the other.
    there is a new painters tape available now that guarantees it wont remove chips from completely dried latex paint, i think it is a bright green color rather than traditional blue. and never use masking tape it's not worth the money you'll save.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:39 AM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • most paints dry quickly now. remove as soon as paint is dry to touch... the longer the tape is on, (believe it or not it does happen) it may cause small amounts of damage to the serfice it is covering... we have had this happen ... tape (blue painters tape) pull the paint off the wall that we were trying to protect and damage hardwood window frames...


    Answer by gmasboy at 8:48 AM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • I used to paint for a living....take it off before it dries or you will be pulling off some of the paint as well. The painters tape is there to help you keep the paint where you want it. after you paint wait about 10 minutes for the paint to set then pull it off. being careful not to let the tape fall or drag over your wall

    Answer by justgrape723 at 1:16 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

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