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Old 02-25-2019, 01:17 AM   #1
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Hello, I recently ran into a
problem with tape peeling off finish on baseboards after being left on for 1 month. Baseboards were sprayed with latex semigloss Sico trim paint and tape used IPG paint block dark blue. This never happens when baseboards are sprayed with lacquer.
Can anyone recommend a different tape that can be left on latex sprayed baseboards for a month?
Thanks for your help.
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Old 02-25-2019, 10:31 AM   #2
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How about not leaving it taped for a month?
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Agree with @Woodco, you're expecting a lot of your painter's tape if you think it won't pull off paint after a month. I think the longest I ever left tape on was 3 or 4 days and even then I was very, very careful pulling it off.
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Have seen 2 weeks with frog yellow tape.
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Pretty sure yellow frog tape says 60 days. Idk a scenario where the tape needs to be left on that long tho. i'd rather give the paint longer to dry and then tape right before if i needed to tape. but you obviously have your reasons.

green tape is 21 days i think
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How about not leaving it taped for a month?
Well said.
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Pretty sure yellow frog tape says 60 days. Idk a scenario where the tape needs to be left on that long tho. i'd rather give the paint longer to dry and then tape right before if i needed to tape. but you obviously have your reasons.
green tape is 21 days i think

Always with consideration given to the surface it is being laid on! AND Manufacturers never stretch the truth about their products, right? I would never leave tape on for as much as a week. I'd rather redo tape than rip a finish! 21 days on green seems like pushing the limits.

If I had to remove month old tape I might try to soften it's grip with a hair blow dryer before pulling.
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I always love finding long thin triangle shaped shards of old tape that the last painter failed to remove when it ripped (usually located on the sides of window and door trim or on the upper edge of wall mounted light fixtures). After it’s been painted over and then allowed to sit there for who knows how many years, it’s an absolute bug-a-boo to remove. Leaving it and painting over it again isn’t an option - at least for me.
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Yellow frog tape is all I'd use on baseboards. And I agree, why would you need to leave tape on for a month? I'd tape it a month later when you go in to paint walls if that's how you need to do it, and remove tape right after a fresh final coat is applied.
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I'd bet that particular tape isnt the problem. I use it all the time and I wouldn't hesitate to leave it on a freshly painted surface for a month if need be. If I were to do that though, I'd make sure my painted surface and prep work was solid in every way. I question that in this situation. A properly prepped, clean and freshly painted surface should hold up just fine with that tape. It's similar to 2090 (delicate blue. I think that's the right 3m#?)in adhesive properties.
And no, leaving it up for a month is not best practice. But still....I think something else is at play here.

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I always love finding long thin triangle shaped shards of old tape that the last painter failed to remove when it ripped (usually located on the sides of window and door trim or on the upper edge of wall mounted light fixtures). After itís been painted over and then allowed to sit there for who knows how many years, itís an absolute bug-a-boo to remove. Leaving it and painting over it again isnít an option - at least for me.
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...Yellow/Green FrogTape all day...wouldn't dream of leaving it more than a week on anything...
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