Asked on May 12, 2017

When is the best time to remove painter tape from your project?

JohnDebJudy Clark


Painting a cornhole game with stripes. Three coats of paint are being applied to the project
5 answers
  • I try to remove the tape right after painting (paint not entirely dry yet). Some tapes can stay longer but sometimes they are difficult to get off.
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 12, 2017

    To be on the safe side take them off when the paint feels more or less dry to the touch.
  • Judy Clark
    on May 12, 2017

    As soon as you finish painting, pull the tape off carefully. If you leave it on, it justs gets harder and harder to get off and also will pull your base paint off. Just do it carefully pulling away from the item.
  • Deb
    on May 13, 2017

    I paint 3 layers for barn quilts and leave tape on until completely dry and have no trouble removing. Sounds much like the same as your game.
  • John
    on May 13, 2017

    try to immediately remove after painting , but be careful not to smear wet paint. The longer it stays, the better the chance you are going to tear the edges of dry paint. I always pull the tape off in the direction of the fresh paint...going the other way risks pulling paint into the area of the tape
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