Mask before painters for a clean result

Anyone who has ever got to know the work of masking before painting knows about the effort involved. Depending on local circumstances and design projects, masking sometimes takes longer than painting itself. Thoroughness is the key.

Adhesive behavior crucial

When painting, the emergence of blobs, splashes and inaccuracies can not be avoided. The careful and extensive previous masking protects against unwanted contamination. Masked tape protects both surfaces and edges, frames and baseboards.

The typical painter's crepe or masking tape consists of a curly surface and a special adhesive layer. The adhesive effect must not be too strong, otherwise paint residues will stick to the masking tape during removal. When choosing branded products should be used. Very cheap masking tapes can often lead to unclean optics to real damage.

Standard widths and film fixation

Masking tapes for painting are available in the standard width of 19 millimeters and in widths of thirty and fifty millimeters. Since edges, corners and wall edges are usually painted with a brush, the standard width is sufficient in most cases.

If baseboards are taped before painting, a simple trick can provide complete protection for the floor. The upper edge of the skirting board is covered with a wide masking tape. Thereafter, plastic film is pressed under the protruding crepe side to the floor. This way, the floor is seamlessly protected against splashes of paint and blobs.

This creates clean edges

  • Pre-coat masking tape with a lighter background color, let it dry or
  • Spread the acrylic evenly out of the cartridge on a masking tape or evenly
  • Use a dispersion-based clear coat for the primer
  • Paint takes longer to dry than acrylic
  • For very uneven surfaces may require several precuts
  • Always start with the lighter color, pre-plan with multiple color patches

After painting the masking tapes should be removed as quickly as possible, as they dissolve better when wet. Be careful when removing, as moist crepe may discolour when touched by newly painted surfaces.

Tips & Tricks

The primer with acrylic dries much faster than paint. This time advantage involves the risk of obtaining color differences at the edges due to excessive application of acrylic.

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