The wife has been doing some projects in the house and is about going
mad. We have eggshell paint on plaster walls and when she paints and
uses "painter's tape," the the tape pulls the paint off the wall.
She'd like to know if there is a better alternative, if she should
look for a particular brand, or if there is something else to help
with the issue.
I would not tape new paint for at least a couple of days. Even then,
tape needs to be removed as soon as possible and before the paint dries.
Also important is to pull the tape back on itself when removing it -
don't pull it straight out from the surface.
Too much paint. The tape is there to guard against getting paint on the
woodwork or trim, but you shouldn't go at it like crazy and get all that
much paint on it. Still try to cut in carefully against the tape.
Also, she could use a razor knife or utility knife to gently cut the joint
between the painted wall and the tape.
On Sun, 22 Mar 2009 15:56:33 -0700 (PDT), "tom email@example.com"
If she used the blue 3M stuff, sometimes that will pull paint off (as
we learned ourselves), typically latex over an oil-based paint. What
seems to work better (and cost more) is the green stuff called Duck
Tape. At least I think that's the brand: it's at the big box stores
and comes in a green plastic container with clear lid, not just shrink
wrap like the blue tapes. It worked well for the stripe project in
one room, where we alternated flat and eggshell finishes of the same
color on the walls.
Depends on what she is doing. It would be easier to learn to "cut in" if
you are talking about edges. If she is making stripes, then you need tape.
Apply it lightly but evenly and remove before too long or it will stick.
I got tickled watching my sister in law trying to paint staight line
on a cinder block wall using masking tape. She finally got POed whe I
broke out into a laugh. I snapped a chaulk line and started my cut-in
Funny thing is she taught me how to cut in. Shes a bit of an artist.
Finding a good brush that will cut in and learning how to cut in is the
secret. I can cut in stuff faster than people can tape and paint and pull
tape and fix the boo boos. The trick is keeping the brush hidden so that
someone else doesn't use it and smoosh it all up or leave it all full of
paint for a week and ruin it.
Get a good quality trim brush and practice and forget the tape.
Taping everything is what they do on those "expert" home shows sponsored
by big box where they drop off a pallet of tape at the house they are
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