"How to choose painter's tape" overlaid across a picture of a residential painting project underway

There’s a variety of reasons that people choose to employ an actual painting contractor. For example, they don’t like painting, or they’re not sure what they want to paint. Mainly, they want the paint job done so that their home still has resale value by the end of the project. How many times have you tried to paint your baseboards only to find little bleed spots where darker paint got onto your white walls? Or how about when you’re trying to redo the wall color and you couldn’t tape the baseboards well enough so now there are grey speckles all over them? You may find yourself asking, “I spent hours taping this room, why didn’t it do anything?” The simple answer is you picked the wrong tape.

That’s why your resident Columbia Painters are here to help. We realize you won’t need us every time your daughter has a whim to paint her ceiling purple despite your protests. But you might want to utilize our expertise when it’s time to DIY a painting project anyway.

Why Use Painters Tape?

Because duct tape isn’t an option. You want clean, defined lines that don’t bleed all over the place and make a mess of your room. That means scotch, duct and any other kind of tape isn’t going to get the job done. Only painter’s tape can accomplish this task. There’s a huge variety of painter’s tape, but try not to get overwhelmed by it. It’s all meant for different uses and reading the label will go a long way in ensuring you don’t spend hours touching up, and re-touching up whatever you messed up before.

Clean Lines

After you’ve prepared your baseboards, washed your ceilings and walls, and protected all your furniture, it’s time to start taping the place up. We like Shurtape Cp-60 Razor Edge for our ultra-thin, precise lines (i.e. baseboards and careful detailing) projects. If you’re trying to paint patterns like stripes, diamonds, and other things carefully onto your wall, this is the tape you need as it reduces bleed by a remarkable percentage. Its low adhesive content makes it really easy to remove, even if you’ve left it up for a couple days, so it won’t be bringing up your careful paint job with it.

Textured Walls

If you have textured walls, you’re going to need a high-adhesive layer tape, which means you’re going to have to be on the ball about getting the tape off of the wall in a timely manner, or else it will pull up portions of your tape. Another thing with textured walls is that it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get it totally bleed free. Most bleed is underneath the tape and since you likely don’t have the experience to lay out the tape in three-foot long sheets along crisp, straight edges, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to seal it well. If there’s a rough surface, like floorboards or rustic ceiling detailing, see if you can remove it, paint the surface beneath and then paint those separately somewhere else. This could help you avoid taping at all, and the likely inevitable bleed that will fill your life with turmoil for the next couple of weeks.

Special Surface Recommendation

FrogTape is king. It can stick most faithfully to a variety of weirdly textured surfaces (read popcorn ceilings and artfully roughed up wood detailing). It removes cleanly for up to 21 days and won’t pull anything else up. It’s best with latex paints because it creates a specialized micro-barrier that specifically blocks those color compounds. It fully seals your tape edge, and the higher price is worth the performance.

Contact Carolina Painting and Pressure Cleaning In Columbia

You could bypass all this nonsense and just let the professional painting contractors handle all the hassle. We promise we can get you clean lines on any surface. Reach out to us to find out more about our interior painting services today.