Rarely would you come across a wall or surface with no complications for your painting project. You will always have edges where the wall meets another wall or the ceiling. You will perhaps have baseboards or mouldings. You could also find plug sockets and switches. All these intricacies may feel like they’re slowing you down. However, with the correct preparation, these things needn’t be a problem.
Do Professional Painters Use Tape?
Painting a room is such a simple way to transform a space. When you spend a great deal of time in your home, it’s important to invest time in updating the look and feel. If you’re itching to make the changes quickly, it can be tempting to grab a paintbrush and go. However, if you do not adequately prepare, you’ll find the entire job may take you longer. You may think that professional painters have the technique nailed and have mastered the steady hand and don’t bother to tape up. That’s where you’re wrong. Professional painters will always prioritise preparation preparing a space by:
As with anything, ‘all the gear and no idea’ will never get you the best outcome. However, if you are clued up on the best practice for using your painters tape, the results you can achieve will ensure a very happy customer.
Always invest in quality tape as it will have the innovative technology to create a barrier that seals the fresh paint and prevents seepage
Select the right tape for the job depending on the surface you’re applying to e.g. sensitive or extreme
Ensure you are applying to a clean and dry surface to make sure your tape properly adheres to the area
Try not to touch the adhesive side as this can contaminate the tape and prevent it from sealing to the surface
Don’t cut pieces of tape but simply unroll the tape and use your finger to guide into position
Use a flat, straight edge (e.g. a putty knife or credit card) to press the tape down and secure in place
Wait around 60 minutes for proper adherence before you begin painting
With regards to removal, wait 24 hours to peel off the tape, carefully lifting and pulling back on an angle to ensure a professional result and a clean straight line.