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Masking tape is tearing paint off

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by Jupiter01, 16 Aug 2020.

  1. Jupiter01

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    Before painting a wall, I loosened the sockets and switches and then taped their edges with masking tape.

    I painted silk emulsion on the wall and there must have been some contact with the tape. When I went to peel the tape off after the second coat, the paint started peeling.

    Should I not be using masking tape in this situation or why is this happening?

    I assume I now need to use filler and then sand and paint again? Is it okay to patch this given that I am using silk emulsion?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Always remove tape as soon as you've painted. Once you let the paint cure it forms a film over the tape edge thus removing the tape also lifts the paint on the walls.

    If you ever forget to remove the tape run a sharp knife along the tape edge before lifting.

    Yeah depending how much has come off rub down the paint edges, clean off and repaint.
     
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    I was conscious that the tape needs to be removed as quickly as possible but I was unable to do this until the second coat was applied...
    Will bear your tip on stanley knife in mind for the next time.

    Am I okay to patch repair and paint silk in this way? I know with Matt its not a issue but I didn't know if silk will blend in or whether the brush strokes will show up. I will feather them out as best as I can. Can you provide a steer on this please.

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    If I'm using tape I always put a good first coat on then whip the tape off straight away. On the second coat I cut in by hand but you've got a nice straight edge to work with.

    Silk is always harder to get a good finish especially patching in but you'll be fine doing so presuming the stripped paint hasn't gone back to plaster. If so give it a good run down to feather out the remaining painted edges, clean off, mist coat then apply your silk.
     
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