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Old 09-05-2018, 01:42 PM   #1
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I live in eastern NC, and 9 or 10 months out of the year itís pretty much 100% humidity. All the time, whether itís rained or not, the humidity persists. So I understand a lot, if not most of you prefer to spray ceilings, spray trim, and then tape off baseboards to cut and roll the walls (residential repaint). In my experience this is damn near impossible where I live, due to the fact that no type of tape will stick to the 1\4Ē of baseboard that meets the wall. Just today ive tried 2020, 2090, and green frog tape. These baseboards are nothing irregular, primed with problock and coated 1 time in super paint, yesterday!! Maybe there was dust (even though there was no dust to speak of), so I wiped them all off and let dry completely. Still same, tape starts to peel away from wall at the edge first, before you know it 12ft of tape is falling off, despite being firmly pressed on. What gives?
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that sounds frustrating, never had many issues but i live in a dry climate
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Its humidity.... I just tape above the base, roll the wall, then cut it in with a brush last. If its a real dark color, or I want to make a perfect tape line, I'll do the same thing, but after the wall is done, I'll tape, caulk, paint and pull a section at a time . I can never trust tape to stay in a perfect line like that, and I only use I only white tape. Try some 1 1/2" and stick it on more of the base.

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It's been real muggy up here in New England lately and we have a similar issue of tape not sticking to baseboard. I wipe the top of base with a rag first and then tape, seems to work for us, not perfect but good enough.
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Try using plain cream colored masking tape, 3 m Scotch brand
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Why dont you caulk the tape which prevents paint from bleeding and will stop it from falling off. Basically you tape 1/16th inch from the wall and than run a tight bead of caulking on it and wipe it clean. The tape will stick and you will have a straight line.
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Here’s an idea hire some old timers like myself who been cutting in base to finish walls
For years.... my oh my what did we do when tapping baseboard was not even thought about.
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I keep voting for it.


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Try some different brands of tape. I had a similar issue when I used SW Solo for a trim pack. Itís also possible that SuperPaint leaves of film of some sort thatís causing the issue.


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Buy a dehumidifier. If it's that humid you probably need one for several reasons...

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Agreed! This is a wonderful idea.
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Why dont you caulk the tape which prevents paint from bleeding and will stop it from falling off. Basically you tape 1/16th inch from the wall and than run a tight bead of caulking on it and wipe it clean. The tape will stick and you will have a straight line.
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We don't tape base, just cut it in. Then when ready to roll the walls, mask on the face of the base all around the room. If any drips on the base, wipe it quick.
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