6 masking tape tips and painting techniques for a flawless paint job
The most important thing when approaching a paint job is to make sure to have the correct tape for the job. True. But if you have no idea how to properly apply and remove the tape, for example, then it all goes south pretty quickly. Don’t worry, PPM is here to give you 6 masking tape tips that will be your game changer.
When you approach a painting job, the first thing you need to do is to get yourself the right masking tape. However, getting the best masking tape on the market isn’t enough if you don’t apply it correctly; and while you may think it’s so tedious to carefully outline an entire wall with a tiny strip of masking tape, a sloppy final result is going to make you wish you had applied the tape more carefully to begin with. Trust us.
There are many types of masking tapes, PPM offers a very wide variety; however, there are two things that you should consider when picking the right masking tape for your paint job:
- Size: masking tape comes in different sizes; a narrow tape will be ideal for masking corners and small areas (to this regard, check out PPM’s 5010 Painter’s Universal Fine Line Masking Tape); while a wider roll will allow you to cover a larger surface, such as a baseboard or a window pane (check out PPM’s 2010 Painter’s Multi-Purpose Masking Tape).
- Stickiness: not all masking tapes stick the same, they have different levels of stickiness; you should use an extra sticky one on uneven surfaces, such as stone or brick (check out PPM’s 2030 High Performance Masking Tape); while you should pick a less sticky one for delicate surfaces (check out PPM’s 2031 Painter’s Low Tack Masking Tape).
Once you pick the right masking tape for the job, you can move on to making sure you apply it correctly.
Masking tape painting techniques
Here are 6 masking tape tips that will help you get a flawless paint job done, quickly and with no mess:
- Always start with a clean surface. Remove dust and dirt from edges and surfaces before applying, to guarantee perfect adhesion and crisp edges.
- When applying the tape, use short strips. They are easier to apply and don’t get tangled.
- After applying, make sure to seal the edges running your fingers back and forth over them.
- Overlap the strips’ edges for an easy removal. And when removing the tape, start pulling at the opposite side of where you applied it.
- Brush a little bit of paint along the tape’s edge to create an additional seal against paint bleeding under the tape.
- When the paint is dry to the touch, remove the tape pulling slowly at a 45 degree angle.
If you’d like to know more about how to use masking tape effectively, read this article.
PPM Industries has a really wide range of options when it comes to making tapes, both for professional and utility use. Depending on the application, PPM can provide you with the best possible solution to get your paint job done.
If you’re curious to know all of PPM’s masking tapes, contact us! We will show you the right one for you.