Does paint have to be dry before I remove the painter’s tape?

by | Apr 17, 2017 | Building & Construction Tape, Best Practices, Paint

No, in fact it is best if the tape is removed from the painted surface before it has dried. This prevents the paint and the tape from bonding, which can result in a jagged edge when the tape is removed, taking pieces of paint with it.

If your paint has dried completely, you can still prevent the tape from taking paint chips with it by using a razor blade to break the bond between the tape and the paint. Simply run the blade along the edge of the tape and then pull back slowly. If you hear ripping noises, you are pulling the tape too fast!

Remember, the entire painting process is a slow and steady one.

Kelly Patrick - Shurtape

About The Author

As a senior product marketing manager at Shurtape Technologies, LLC, Kelly Patrick is responsible for leading product development and marketing support for the Building, Construction, and OEM category for the Industrial, Engineered Solutions, and Consumer and Craftsman businesses. Kelly is a member of the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC), is currently serving on PSTC’s Marketing Committee, and has completed the PSTC training program including Tape University™ Fundamentals, Manufacturing and Testing of Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tapes, and Tape University™ Advanced. Kelly is a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC.