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I will try to explain the correct use of tape, since there seems to be a
lot of confusion on this subject. First, you must start with a high
quality tape (3M 2020, or better) Second, you must never let the tape
touch the wall or opposing surface. Next, you lay a small bead of
caulking on the edge of the tape and wipe it smooth. You then can paint
the surface and after 24 hours the tape is pulled. It will provide a
completely straight line will no seepage. Any variation to this will not
attain good results. I just wonder why some people bother to tape when
they do it a wrong and come out with poor results
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<DIV>I will try to explain the correct use of tape, since there seems to be
a<BR>lot of confusion on this subject. First, you must start with a
high<BR>quality tape (3M 2020, or better) Second, you must never let the
tape<BR>touch the wall or opposing surface. Next, you lay a small bead
of<BR>caulking on the edge of the tape and wipe it smooth. </DIV>
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<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>apply caulking, wipe it smooth then let it
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<DIV>You then can paint<BR>the surface and after 24 hours the tape is pulled.
It will provide a<BR>completely straight line will no seepage. Any variation
to this will not<BR>attain good results. I just wonder why some people bother
to tape when<BR>they do it a wrong and come out with poor
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Painter's tape has a crepe texture, like ordinary masking tape. Paint
can get under those ridges and leave a fuzzy line when the tape is
Caulk fills the crepe texture so paint can't get under the tape.
After you have cleaned, sanded, dusted, etc. - apply painter's tape and
press it down to make sure paint doesn't seep under the edge. Paint.
Remove tape off by pulling it back on itself; if you pull it straight
out, you may pull off the paint. If tape is left in place until the new
paint dries, the paint film will be continuous - on the wall and on the
tape - and you risk tearing off the newly applied paint film.
As for painting a straight line without tape, I know HOW to do it but
have never had success.
Painter's tape is also great for caulking a fine, straight line. Same
Easy to understand, but I've had good results using a quality tape.
I've never heard the tip about using caulk with painter's tape before. I
like to do trim first, let it set several days (alkyd). Latex flat on
most walls, alkyd semi-gloss for kitchen and bath. Works great for me,
and it will last 20 years (Benjamin Moore).
Group: alt.home.repair Date: Tue, Aug 24, 2004, 9:04pm From:
Without caulk, paint will seep under any tape. either tape and caulk or
forget it, and brush. How is it so hard to understand.
"Do you put the caulk on the sticky side of the tape - and if so, how
does it stick? "
You are joking, right? hpoefully, but if not, you caulk on the top edge
of the tape between the wood and wall.
For thirty years I've seen morons that won't listen to good advice. Hope
you work on electrical and plumbing projects the same.Someone asks for
advice, and 30,years in the painting business I think I'm more qualified
than a hobby homeowner to give some advice., take it or leave it. I'll
get to laugh and charge you for it later.
It's hard for me to understand considering I have painted a lot of rooms
without wasting time caulking, and I do not get the fuzzy line. No need to
caulk if you use decent quality tape and make sure to pull it while the
paint is still wet.
I will assume drying of the paint and not the tape. If you must use
tape, remove it after the paint has dried but before it has cured. If you
need to, lightly score the edge of the tape with a razor blade, cutting the
paint so that it won't pull off along with the tape. You should pull the
tape almost straight back on itself.
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