Making Painters tape stick is an issue for both professional painters and the DIY’er. Here are the simple steps and tricks to make this happen for you the first time. When your tape sticks and does not leak it make the job take half the time because you don’t need to touch-up where the tape failed.
Select The Best Masking Tape For The Job
The biggest trick for getting your tape to stick to the surface is getting a high quality painters tape. Both 3M and Scotch make a quality product that will more than likely suit your needs. Read our article on Masking Tape Selection for painters tape suggestions.
Stick The Painters Tape To A CLEAN Surface
Use an old paint brush to dust off the surface of the trim or what ever you are taping. If you decide its dirty enough go with a wet rag and a small bucket, don’t use a cleaner and wait plenty of time for it to dry completely.
Take Care Of Your Painters Tape
If its summer, you can NOT keep the masking tape in the heated car or the SUN. This is absolutely critical. Even a small amount of exposure will make the tape unable to stick to the surface.
Don’t Stretch And Fondle The Tape – Application Of Masking Tape
Your first instinct with painters tape is to grab it with your thumb and index finger. This leave one finger on the tape and you can go ahead and plan on that area not sticking well. Start with about 4 in. stuck to the beginning and make sure its straight to start. Holding your finger on the 4 in. mark, easily pull out a manageable size of about 1.5 to 2 ft. Then using a very light amount of pressure from the connected roll of tape, use you finger on the top of the tape to guide it to the line that you need. The key is to apply a slight amount tension ONLY and only pull out more tape when you are holding the tape that is already stuck to the surface.