Four Tips When Using Decorators Masking Tape

Love it or avoid it, masking tape is an important tool to many decorators. Whether you are painting a two-tone wall or masking off a surface, masking tape plays its part.

Not all decorators choose to use masking tape. However, removing tape can be one of the most satisfying jobs in the day. Crisp, clean lines are something both the professional decorator and average DIYer can get immense satisfaction from.

Tape removal doesn’t always go swimmingly. Sometimes tape disintegrates leaving tiny fragments behind. Sometimes the tape pulls some of your lovely paint work away with it, leaving a jagged edge.

We’ve collaborated with one of our local decorators to put together some advice for removing awkward masking tape. You may already have your own ways of removing stubborn masking tape but here are a few of our own factory recommend pointers for when you’re a little stuck.

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Before any tape has even touched the wall, ensure the basics have been done.

  1. Use the correct tape.

First and foremost, ensure the right tape for the job is being used. If you’ve used regular masking tape around a windowpane and it’s been in direct sunlight, it’s probable it will hold on tighter than Bon Jovi.

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       2. Read the Packaging

We put guidance on packaging to ensure that jobs go as smoothly as possible. If a new brand of masking tape is being used, review the packaging before use to make sure there aren’t any nasty surprises.

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We all have off days and everybody makes mistakes; the critical thing is to follow the instructions on the packaging and be mindful of what surface the tape is being applied to – how sensitive or expensive is it.  The two commonest problems are:

  1. “Baked-on tape”

When tape has been left in direct sunlight, for too long and has become “baked-on”. In this situation a handy tip, on hard surfaces, is to use warm water with a drop of detergent to soften the tape and the glue so it can be peeled off and washed down.


  1. Sticky residue


This will arise when the tape has been left in place for too long or has been stuck down too well. Depending upon the surface affected, warm water with detergent will remove most of the glue. However, if something a bit stronger is needed there are “goo” remover solutions which have proven very effective.  Alternatively, a hairdryer can be used to soften the glue, making it easier to handle

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It goes without saying that warm water should be kept away from wallpaper at all costs. This eventuality will ruin your day and probably cause tears as well as tears.

Removing residual glue and tapes from soft furnishing and expensive wallcoverings can be worrying. Therefore, we always recommend testing a tape on the surface prior to use.

Do you use masking tape? What methods do you use for masking tape removal?


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