Hi, I am about to start painting my lounge room and want to get some advice about using tape. Is masking tape OK to use? Can I put tape on a wall I have just painted? I just don’t want to make a mistake and mess my walls up! Thanks, Joanne.


Hi Joanne, thanks for your question. We love a good project and are happy to hear you’re giving your lounge room a makeover! We also don’t want you make any mistakes on your project, so hopefully the below info helps.

Is masking tape OK to use when painting?

When it comes to selecting the most appropriate tape to use for your painting project, we recommend heading to your nearest Inspirations Paint store to pick up painter’s tape.  Painter’s tape is designed with different strengths of adhesion depending on your job, and will also leave minimal amounts of tacky residue when removed.

As well as different adhesion levels, the painter’s tape will also come in different widths. The choice of width typically comes down to the painter's personal preference, but if you are going to be painting with a roller near the joins on a wall, make sure the width of tape is thicker than the roller (if possible) to pick up any excess paint that may be spread from the roller. The most common and recommended tape to use a tape like the Spitfire 14 Day Painter’s Tape. Head into your closest Inspirations Paint store to have a chat to our teams about the what the best tape will be for your project. 

How do I apply the tape?

The tape is applied to any areas where different colours or types of paint are being used, and you want to reduce the chance of paint getting into the wrong areas.  This may include (but not be limited to) ceiling, skirting boards, adjoining walls, windows, door frames and knobs, light switches and fixtures, etc.  As with any painting job, it is recommended you paint the room from top to bottom (i.e. ceiling, walls, trims) to remove the chance of paint being splattered or dripped onto any already painted areas.

Follow these top tips when using and applying tape to get the best finish:

  • Make sure that the tape is pressed firmly down by running your finger across the edge of the tape to remove the chance of any paint bleeding through;
  • Try to use medium sized lengths of tape if possible as this will allow you to achieve the straightest edge, without too many joins of tape.  Make sure the different pieces of tape overlap to stop any paint from sneaking into the cracks between tape edges;
  • Do not leave the tape on longer than advised – i.e. if you are using a 14 day tape, do not leave on for longer than 14 days, etc.;
  • Remove tape after completing a coat of paint, and apply new tape for each additional coats leaving you with a sharper edge when your project is completed.  If you leave the tape to remove after painting all coats, you will be trying to remove dried paint from the first coat with the tape, which may leave you with a jagged or chipped paint edge;
  • If your paint has dried over the tape, use a Stanley knife or sharp edge to slice along the edge of the dried paint and tape;
  • Leave painted areas to dry for 2-3 days before applying tape to paint adjacent sections, for example, paint the skirting boards 2-3 days after you have done the walls.  While the paint will not have fully cured in this time, it will be dry enough to apply tape without causing damage when tape is removed (this timeframe is a suggestion for water based paints – have a chat to our helpful Inspirations Paint team members to see if this timing is appropriate for your project and paint type).

We hope these hints help your painting project, Joanne! If you need any clarification on any of the steps for using tape when painting or need advice on the best product to use make sure you head into your local Inspirations Paint store to have a chat with our friendly staff!