How to Apply and Remove Painter's Tape

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

For Best Results:

Select a painter's tape specifically designed for your surface type. Check for specific use instructions and tips on the tape manufacturer's website.

Textured surfaces may require extra time to seal.

Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Painter's Tape

  • Putty Knife

  • Step 1

    Grab your tools.

  • Step 2

    As you apply the painter's tape, make sure to press down as firmly as you can.

    Tip: When applying the tape, use an arm’s length at a time.

  • Step 3

    If you see any bubbles, use the putty knife to press them down to help prevent any paint from seeping through.

  • Step 4

    While the paint is still wet, remove the tape.

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