Apply the tape to the properly prepared painted surface. The surface should be dry, clean and free of dust. New drywall should be primed and painted with at least two finish coats. A newly painted surface should be allowed to dry for at least 24 hours before taping. Some paints may require a longer time to fully cure.
Use water-based paint. Some products like FrogTape® are activated by water. The best results will be achieved when using latex or acrylic paints. If you plan to use an oil-based or lacquer finish test first to determine the effectiveness of the tape.
You might need a helper. Long sections can be hard to tape off by yourself. Though you could apply short sections of tape at a time, I have found it hard to perfectly align the matching sections so I pull off the required amount and have a helper hold one end. If you are working alone maybe you could stick one end on a door frame or ladder while you apply the other.
Remove the tape soon after painting your finish coat. Painting over the tape will form a bridge of paint. The tape should be removed before this layer of paint has fully cured. In some cases you may need to remove and reapply the tape between coats.
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