Morristown TN Real Estate For Sale - Painter's tape sizes, colors, and adhesive qualities

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Painter's tape sizes, colors, and adhesive qualities
So, you have a painting project. As many of us have discovered the hard way, the outcome is all in the prep! The painting is the easy part. It's getting the room ready for your brush that's the issue. Choosing a painter's tape seems to be one of the more confusing decisions a DIY painter has to cope with. With so many choices and variables, choosing the right tape can be almost as confusing as picking the right paint color.
Painter's Tape Color:
Painter's tape comes in several colors. I think there is some confusion about this. A lot of people seem to think that the tape is somehow color-coded. In fact, there are quite a few searches "for painter's tape colors". But actually, the color is a function of branding, not specific qualities For example, Frog Tape is, not surprisingly, green in color. And of course, your classic blue painter's tape is indeed blue. Given the different colors, it's an understandable mistake.
Painter's Tape Width:
Painter's tape width is another matter. You might want to take care to get this one right. After all, it is a heck of a lot easier to tape a room full of moldings if the painter's tape is the right width for the task. In my own home, the molding around the doors is very thin. If I got painter's tape that was 2 inches wide, this would make my job that much harder. ScotchBlue tape comes in 0.75", 1 , 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, and 3.0 inches in width. Wide moldings need wider tape. It may seem like a lot of bother to get this bit right, but it really does make a difference when you finally get to work.
Painter's Tape Adhesive Quality:
Different painter's tapes also have different adhesive characteristics. For example, if you are putting tape on something that is delicate - like wallpaper or newly painted, you probably want light adhesion. This way, the painter's tape comes off cleanly without leaveing residue. For interior rooms that will take some time, you would probably want to use medium adhesion. This will help the tape stay "put" for a longer period of time. High adhesion is best used for outdoor painting.
Applying and Removing Painter's Tape:
When taping, you want fairly long strips of tape perhaps about 18-20 inches. You certainly want to press firmly on the surface you wish to protect. The entire purpose of the taping is lost if the paint can slip under the tape becuase it wasn't applied strongly enough.
When the project is dry, remove the tape as soon as possible. You don't want any residue from the tape to stick to protected surfaces, so the sooner you are able to remove the tape, the better. The best way to remove the tape is to take one corner of the tape and slowly, but carefully pull away from the surface at a 45-degree angle.
Painter's Tape is NOT Masking Tape:
Masking tape is a different animal altogether. It is not at all suited for painting projects. The main reason being that it has high adhesion. You don't want any surfaces underneath chipped or peeled off in the process of protecting them! It kind of negates the entire purpose of taping to begin with!
Some Interesting Special Features of Painter's Tape:
Frog tape has an interesting special feature. It actually reacts with the water in the paint, turning it into a gel. This actively prevents bleeding from happening under the tape. This is a nice extra layer of protection that many painters (professionals and otherwise) seem to enjoy.
Scotch exterior surface painter's tape is ideal for outdoor painting. It works on painted and metal surfaces. It's good for smooth as well as semi-smooth surfaces including metal.
At the end of the day, you need to find the best painter's tape for the job at hand.
Not an excuse to be messy:
Please note - taping isnot an excuse for sloppy painting. That's asking way too much from your painter's tape! The tape is that extra bit of security that will allow you to paint confidently, but carefully. You really don't want paint on the tape, that can be a bit dicey when pulling the tape off. So, be sure to work as cleanly as possible, just as if the tape wasn't there at all.
Just remember, even though prepping a room for painting can be a slog, prepping well means a great outcome. It can also really be a time-saver in the long run.
Good luck with your project!
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*article by Ruthmarie Hicks

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Comments (8)

Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I love your picture - and thanks for the tip about frog tape - something i never knew

Jul 27, 2021 04:53 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Lise Howe I have to admit I found it on Pixabay haha.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

Jul 28, 2021 04:21 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Norma. Great primer on the proper use of painter's tape, especially the tips on adhesion. Thanks! Enjoy your day.

Jul 27, 2021 05:16 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Wayne Martin thanks so much and I hope that you have a fabulous Wednesday!

Jul 28, 2021 04:21 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am not a painter so I don't know how to use painter's tape, but thanks to you I know a little bit more than I did.

Jul 27, 2021 05:34 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Brian England I am no painter either and general hire the job our but borrowed this article from another rainer because I found it very informative!  Have a wonderful day!

Jul 28, 2021 04:22 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /

Great information, I have total respect for painters and their attention to detail, which I dont have. thanks for sharing.  Make it a productive Tuesday.  Bill Salvatore

Jul 27, 2021 05:59 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog I totally agree with you and that is why I usually hire it out when I need it done.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Wednesday!

Jul 28, 2021 04:23 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Nice way to get the word out about this subject Norma. Who knew there were so many variations!

Jul 27, 2021 06:53 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I agree but I must admitt I will still probably hire the painting jobs out for sure.  I am definitely no painter.  Have a wonderful day!

Jul 28, 2021 04:24 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Norma, I only have the blue tape, which reminds me, I have a small painting job in one of the bedrooms.

Jul 27, 2021 07:59 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Norma... I never knew there was so much to know about painter's tape! And now that I do, I have no doubt in my mind that I will keep calling my painter to come and do painting projects for me! 😉

Jul 27, 2021 09:40 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Girl you and me both.  I have no patience or time for painting.  It is totally worth paying someone else to do it for me.  Hope you have a wonderful day!

Jul 28, 2021 04:25 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

We were stuck with boring blue for so many years Norma J. Elkins. Thank you for sharing 🤓



Jul 27, 2021 07:54 PM
Norma J. Elkins

I like the "stuck" and yes I totally remember those days for sure.  Hope you have a wonderful day!

Jul 28, 2021 04:26 AM