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Use Painters Tape For Clean, Crisp Lines Every Time

By Leon Thomlett

The multi-surface painters masking tape, with its ability to lift-off easily and leave no sticky residue, offers a vital piece of kit to avoid loose brush strokes.

Using a thin-strip of low, medium or high tack painters tape to such areas as doorframes, electrical outlets or window sashes, offers an effective means of speeding up a decorating project. Paint splotches and discoloration are less noticeable, and a need for a final touch up is often eliminated or minimal.

A roll of masking tape, with a low-level tack, is perfect to use on delicate or smooth surfaces due to its ability to leave no adhesive residue or surface damage – such surfaces include primed wallboard, wooden floors, vinyl-coated wallpaper, faux painting, and fresh paintwork, and can remain in position for up to 60-days.

A decorators tape, with medium to high-tack and lift-off time of up to 2-weeks, is perfect to adhere to multiple surfaces, including painted metal, wall or glass; as well as most painted or finished trim or woodwork.

Use of masking tape is often discouraged on such surfaces as unpainted wallpaper, wallboard and lacquer, and to ensure its continued effectiveness, its best to keep the tape clean and protected in times of non-use, as once its becomes damaged or dirty the performance isn’t so great.

Useful features seen with a decorators protective tape include UV/Sunlight resistant to stop tape breakdown or adhesive transfer, optimum conformability around curves, corners and spindles – such as light switches, door frames or window corners, and a suitable re-sealable or stay-fresh container to leave the tape in its best possible condition.

Gear to offer ease in applying the tape includes an under-the-cabinet, wall-mounted or hand-held tape dispenser, these come constructed in a solid polycarbonate type material to store, dispense and cut multiple work tapes – including the masking tape, duct tape, gaffer’s tape and shipping tape.

Whether it is for exterior or interior use, a professional-grade roll of decorators tape offers a temporary protective coating to achieve clean, crisp lines and to avoid paint oozing on a wide variety of semi-smooth to semi rough glass, metal and wood surfaces.

See more articles by Leon Thomlett on the multi-functional Blue Painters Tape, as well as those written on such topics as the stylish Light Switch Plate with its decorated faceplates.

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Thomlett, Leon "Use Painters Tape For Clean, Crisp Lines Every Time." Use Painters Tape For Clean, Crisp Lines Every Time. 7 Oct. 2010. 28 Oct 2014 <>.

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