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removing masking tape

Posted by lee selkirk on November 8th, 1999 08:01 PM
In reply to Masking tape peels paint by ChrisR on October 21st, 1998 09:24 AM [Go to top of thread]

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Here are two tricks will save much grief when
removing masking tape from painted surfaces:
1. Use a hair dryer to heat the tape. This softens the
adhesive and lets the tape peel off like limp
spaghetti. If you leave it for several days the glue
can polymerize and then you're going to have
problems regardless.
2. If you've overpainted the surface onto the tape, cut
the seam with a single edge razor blade, apply the
hair dryer, and peel it off.
Be sure to pull the tape off almost flat to the
painted surface if you are at all unsure of thr
quality of the surface.

I remove several yards of masking tape from two day old
jobs on a daily basis (i respray bathtubs for a
living) and with these techniques I seldom have any
paint-lifting problems. Remember that paint lifts
usually when the job was poorly done in the first place
or if the painted surface has not yet properly dried.
Good prep and patience make for a lasting job.

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