How long to leave painter’s tape on after painting? Let’s find out
When doing a painting job, protecting surfaces with a masking tape that holds well without leaving any residue is key in order to obtain a precise final result. Perfectly even edges and no smudges are guaranteed with a quality masking tape. However, a question still remains: how long to leave painter’s tape on after painting? Let’s find out once and for all.
You can easily find all sorts of information about how to properly apply painter’s tape when approaching a painting job but, when the tape is finally in place, you’re left with the ultimate dilemma: when do I take it off?
As crazy as it may seem, no one ever tells you what to do after you’re done painting: how long to leave painters tape on after painting? If you peel it too soon, you risk the paint dripping where it shouldn’t; if you leave it on too long, you risk chipping away some of the paint when you take it off.
Either way, the result is a sticky mess. And no one really wants that! But don’t fret: PPM is here to answer this dilemma for good.
Here you find some tips that will help you get rid of all doubts. Read closely.
Tips on how long to leave painter’s tape on after painting
- Tape should be removed when it feels dry to the touch, which is ideally about an hour after painting. If it still feels gummy, leave the tape on overnight and remove it within 24 hours, when it finally feels hard and dry. This timing works for most painter’s tapes, but know that some tapes allow for longer adhesion, up to 30 days.
- Peel the tape at a 45 degree angle. If you see paint starting to come off with the tape, use a razor blade to carefully slice the paint and remove the tape.
- If you are applying more than one coat of paint, wait to take the tape off after the final coat has dried.
It’s pretty simple, if you think about it. Ultimately, all it takes is a quality painter’s tape and a lot of patience.
And while we can’t give you extra patience, we can provide you with some of the best painter’s tapes on the market. PPM has a wide range of both professional and utility masking tapes for painting jobs.
PPM Painter’s tapes
Here are a few of PPM’s painter’s tapes, for all applications:
- 2020 Painter’s Basic Masking Tape: ideal for general indoor painting jobs. It tears easily, sticks perfectly and assures clean and quick removal within 24 hours.
- 2031 Painter’s Low Tack Masking Tape: ideal to mask delicate and critical surfaces without damaging them upon removal.
- 2540 Painter’s Water Resistant Masking Tape: it guarantees excellent adhesion especially when water-based paints are used and it leaves no residues upon removal.
- 5210 Painter’s Blue Outdoor Masking Tape: it withstands moisture, UV rays, high and low temperatures up to 30 days and it still guarantees easy and clean removal.
- 5010 Painter’s Universal Fine Line Masking Tape: with a washi paper backing, it’s designed for both indoor and outdoor applications and it can resist even harsh weather conditions up to three months.
- 5015 Standard Fine Line Masking Tape: perfect for spray painting applications, it provides balanced adhesion, sharp paint edges, resistance to water and humidity, assuring clean removal even after a month of UV exposure.
- 5020 Painter’s Low Tack Fine Line Masking Tape: as a low tack, it ensures extremely smooth, clean and sharp paint edges while protecting every delicate surface.
- 5030 Painter’s Outdoor Fine Line Masking Tape: it’s water, weather, UV and temperature resistant and it perfectly adapts to multiple surfaces such as PVC, glass, wood, aluminum and cement.
These are just a few of PPM’s painter’s tapes. If you want explore more, browse through our Masking Tape section.
If you’re wondering which tape is the best to get the job done, contact us! We will gladly provide you with a customized solution.