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.

  1. Aerial shot of tools needed to apply painter's tape

    Step 1

    Grab your tools.

  2. Person applying painter's tape onto a wall

    Step 2

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

  3. Person using a putty knife to press down painter's tape on a wall

    Step 3

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

  4. Person removing painter's tape from a painted wall

    Step 4

    While the paint is still wet, remove the tape.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Painter's Tape

  • Putty Knife

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