Painters tape being applied to a curved entry

How Soon Can I Tape After Painting?

The question: When can ProMar® 200 Interior Latex be taped after painting? What tape should we use?

By Rick Watson

The answer

Typically we recommend taping when the paint film has had anywhere from 8 to 12 hours drying. That time frame is dependent on temperature and humidity.

This is, of course, on the conservative side, not knowing exactly what temperature, humidity and amount of mils are on the surface.

Do painters tape earlier? Yes, they do. I would suggest taping when you are comfortable that the tape you are using will not pull off existing finishes.

There are companies that make tape especially for lower-VOC paint products. Two that I know of are 3M and Shurtape (CF-30).

This article was originally published in the Winter 2017 issue of PPC magazine. Rick Watson, Product Information, Sherwin-Williams, answers contractor questions in the Ask Your ProPartner™ column of PPC magazine. Read more of his answers here.

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