How to use masking tape: the brief guide by PPM Industries
Written by Ionela Stetco
Clean the surface carefully
First of all, make sure that the area to mask is dry and clean from dust. Any dirt and wet could compromise the adherence of the masking tape to the surface, bringing the paint to bleed through and cause fuzzy edges.
Choose the best tape
According to the conditions you are working with, a specific masking tape can be more efficient than a general one. For outdoor applications you should employ a waterproof tape resistant to wet, extreme temperature and UV rays; on the other hand, if you have to protect delicate surfaces, you’d better choose a low tack masking tape, a product with restrained adhesive power that prevents any damage to the surface.
How to apply the tape properly
Unwind the tape gently but steadily in order to avoid shredding and wrinkles. Then apply it on the surface to mask, with a soft pressure of the hand and the fingers to have the best adherence; during this step, be careful to cover the gaps and the edges completely, in order to gain the highest precision when painting. Keep unwinding the tape until you’re done. For small areas and corners, use a cutter to shape the tape.
Proceed with painting and let the paint dry
Now you can paint comfortably. Don’t be afraid to paint on the tape to speed up the job: the best products resist the most used types of paints, ensuring a perfect protection to the masked areas. When you have finished with painting, let the paint dry before removing the tape.
Remove the tape
Remove the tape with a regular and gentle movement, at a 45-degree angle for best results. For the cleanest job, you can choose a tape that doesn’t leave residual when removed.
Now your job is finished: congratulations!
One last advice: when choosing a tape, it’s important to verify its suitability in actual application under specific conditions, in order to find a product that works perfectly for the surface, at the temperature and for the type of paint requested.