There is a big difference between masking tape and painter’s tape. Masking tape can indeed keep the paint away from the surface that you do not want to get paint on, but when you try to remove the tape after your paint job, you may find out that the paint underneath will get ripped off as well. Painter's tape is still very sticky, but it does not rip off any paint when it is removed. Painter's tape can be used on many different surfaces. It is also very flexible in comparison to masking tape, making it easier to apply.
How To Use Painter's Tape
Here are some steps which you should follow when it comes to using painter's tape. Make sure that you completely follow the instructions and use it properly in order to get the best desired results.
• Your surface should be clean and smooth. This is because an uneven surface will allow the paint to seep underneath the tape.
• Use a few feet at a time when applying the tape.
• Do not stretch the tape when you apply it.
• When you put the tape on, make sure to press along the edges of the tape to make sure that it is in full contact with the surface. Use a putty knife, a credit card or your hands to press the tape down.
• Do not force or stretch the tape, but lay it down slowly. Forcing the tape can lift it up or even tear it.
Starting Your Paint Job
When you decide to use painter's tape, bear in mind that there are several different brands and types of painter's tape out there on the market. The levels of adhesive may vary, so be sure to read the labels in order to make sure that you're getting the right one for your particular painting job. You can test the tape first in a location which is relatively unseen. Tape the surface and pull the tape back to see if it pulls the paint off or not. If it does, choose one with a lesser adhesive. There is a special painter’s tape called “delicate surfaces” tape for those specialty type paint finishes that you do not want to risk getting ruined.
Removing Painter’s Tape
The act of removing the tape is pretty simple - you simply pull it back over itself. Don't pull too fast or too slow, just pull it like you would pull any ordinary tape. However, the circumstances under which you remove the tape can be quite tricky. Here are some things to consider:
• Do not leave the paint on for too long, just wait for it to be dry to the touch. You can then remove the painter's tape. Leaving it for too long can make it difficult to remove. Removing the tape too soon can cause the paint to create a smudge line.
• Be mindful of the room temperature. Cold temperature can cause the tape to become brittle. If it's too hot, the tape's adhesive may not work as well and start to peel off.
So, if you don’t have that steady hand to be able to cut in with a paint brush, then consider using painter’s tape for your next painting project. But remember that you will need to make sure it is stuck well to the surface before you start painting so that you do not risk any paint seeping underneath.