Masking tape is tearing paint off

30 Mar 2015
Reaction score
United Kingdom
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.
Sponsored Links
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.
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.
Sponsored Links
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.

DIYnot Local

Staff member

If you need to find a tradesperson to get your job done, please try our local search below, or if you are doing it yourself you can find suppliers local to you.

Select the supplier or trade you require, enter your location to begin your search.

Are you a trade or supplier? You can create your listing free at DIYnot Local