Tips On How to Use a Painters Tape

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Painters tape works better to reduce paint bleed, besides it’s easier to remove without affecting the surface underneath. Traditionally masking tape has been used for this purpose but it’s not as reliable as painters tape. Masking tape can create bubbles allowing the paint to seep in. If you want clean paint lines, you should use painting tape.

Although masking tape is cheap, it doesn’t offer better result compared to painter’s tape; if left for long on the surface, it’ll leave a sticky residue and affect your paint.

Choose the Right Tape

Painters tape comes in various lengths and widths made for specific surfaces. Before you begin your painting task, you must make sure you have the right tape for the job. You should understand some tape s is designed to be used for wooden surfaces while others are suitable for carpeted surfaces.

Choose an Appropriate Design

You can use painters tape for decorative painting designs like painting stripes. Using the painter’s tape, you can create a liner design, a graphical mural or a pretty painted floor. You can use painter’s tape to come up with unimaginable designs. Experiment on a variety of decorative designs to discover the unlimited uses of the decorative tool.

Prepare Your Working Area First

If you want to paint a large area, you should first prepare the place. Any picture frames hanging on the walls, switch plates, light fixtures, hanging hardware, etc. should be removed from the area. Ant object that will interfere with your painting task should be removed from the area. Additionally, you should cover any unwanted holes in the surface.

Use the Tape On a Clean Surface

You should not stick painting tape on a dirty surface. You should remove any cobwebs and dust on the surface. If you want to clean the walls/surface thoroughly, you should wash the surface with warm water and soap and let it to dry overnight.

 Consider the Tape’s Width

When working on different surfaces, you need to use painter’s tape of different widths. For example, the painting tape you’ll use to cover outlets, door frames, switches, and edges of the ceiling will be different.

 Heat-Seal Your Tape

You need to heat-seal the painting tape to prevent paint seepage. This will ensure your tape is firmly fixed on the surface and paint can’t leak to unwanted areas. Use a blunt tool such as a plastic knife to press the tape firmly along the edges.