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Old 05-28-2015, 10:13 PM   #1
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Hey all,
I use tape only when absolutely necessary and I have two situations that merit its use currently. I have semi block walls adjacent to my steel frames, frames where sprayed. Once they cured I taped using delicate frogger and cut my walls, cutting by hand didn't look the greatest as there were high areas of mortar at many joints right at the frame. The problem I had is bridging of the tape. As I slowly peeled away towards the frame some areas of the semi wall color would peel away. I can touch them up no problem. My concern is the next spot I need to tape is a couple stripes, scenario is a little different with egg drywall substrate, semi stripes two colors on top of each in mid of wall. I've been told remove tape as soon as paint sets up, but I cannot as I have to at minimum two coats for coverage. The frames I'm guessing the semi block first coat doesn't have the best adhesion due to the higher level of gloss. Am I worrying too much for the stripes, I do not want to be touching up spots every ten feet, or have any of you experienced the same issues on an egg base color? One last thing, if I were to seal the edge with base color, then have my 2 semi coats has anyone noticed more bridging, it would make sense since there's more mil build up and more time to coalesce together.. again just thinking out loud and wondering about others experiences. Thanks.

PS using yellow frog tape as walls have only been freshly painted week prior, not wanting to risk and lifting of basecoat. Also this is about 400' of stripes each color so you can understand my concern to make sure of doing it right.
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Might take some time, but score the tape line and peel away.
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That thought crossed my mind, just seems very time consuming and run the risk of loosing my nice straight line, could use a nice straight edge as I go, but again seems times consuming.
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If base color has been on a week you should be fine with yellow or green frog. I would not pull tape after first coat. Do a test stripe with two coats and see how it goes. I've done stripes a few times and haven't had any trouble. I use a laser level sometimes too.
Are the walls smooth or textured? If textured you could backseal with base color or clear finish. If bigger texture you could caulk edges.
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Walls are smooth. I will be using laser to lay out lines
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I would tape, caulk (950A) and smooth lay base coat pull tape. If your good with a brush cut and roll 2nd coat and 3rd if need. I will only use frog tape on drywall or wood trim. Block or steel I like blue exterior or regular masking tape.
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Update. My lines are the crispest I've ever seen. I wiped with wet rag to seal the yellow frog tape and really worked the line. No lifting of base or any bleed through at all. Highly recommend that technique worked out great for me.
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