How to Use Painter's Tape for Exterior Painting

Whether you are a painting novice or a professional expert, painter's tape will help you achieve a flawless finish on your exterior paint job.

For Best Results:

When taping, select a painter's tape specifically designed for your surface type. Check for specific use instructions and tips on the tape manufacturer's website because using the wrong tape may damage your paint surface.

Textured surfaces may require extra time to seal.

Step 1

Make certain the surface you are taping is properly prepared, clean, and dry.

Step 2

Tear off sections of tape that are no longer than the length of your arm.

Step 3

Make sure the tape is straight. Then, lay the tape on the surface and press firmly into the surface's nooks and crannies as you go. Avoid stretching the tape.

Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Painter's Tape
  • Putty Knife
  • Scraper
  • Ladder
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