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Fat over lean - not just for paintings

While refinishing a wood floor, I put masking tape around the room to keep the varnish off the wall.  Pulling off the tape caused this to occur everywhere.

Someone had painted latex paint (acrylic - lean) over some old oil-based (fat) paint, which is also notorious for this problem.


  • PaulB

    Try this:

    Professional premium-quality low-tack masking tape specifically designed for a crisp, sharp line on delicate surfaces such as freshly painted or plastered walls, wallpaper, treated wood or emulsion paint. UV resistance allows for clean removal after long exposure to sunlight.

    • Low adhesion
    • Clean removal up to 10 days
    • Versatile on various surfaces
    • Ultra flat washi paper backed to resist bleed-through and provide razor sharp lines
    • Easy Removal

  • The best way, I have found, to pull tape off of a wall if you're concerned about the paint, is to heat the tape with a hair dryer as you slowly pull it off. It loosens the adhesive and works really well. This will also work on that pesky price sticker on your paperback book that doesn't ever seem to want to come off in one piece.
  • There is also a product called "painter's tape", I most often get it in blue or a green roll. And not a good idea to leave the masking tape up for longer than the recommended time, after 7/8 days, otherwise very difficult to remove and causing damage.
  • Forgiveness

    As discussed elsewhere here a heat gun or hairdryer will soften the adhesive to allow easy removal.


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