There are no special techniques or methods that you need to use with FrogTape®. Here are some general tips for applying FrogTape to trim or other surfaces. Note: FrogTape was designed for use with emulsion paints for interior/exterior home painting projects. If you wish to use FrogTape in another application you must test before use.
Please see the tape packaging or the FAQ section of this site for more information.
Applying the FrogTape:
- Clean the surface to be masked. Make sure it is dust-free and dry.
- If the surface has been recently painted, make sure the paint has cured.
- For accurate placement, adhere FrogTape in short sections to avoid stretching the tape.
- Make sure FrogTape is flush to the edge that you will be painting.
- Using a putty knife or 5-in-1 tool, press the tape you laid to burnish it to the surface you are masking.
- If you are painting more than one coat of paint, it is a good idea to remove and reapply FrogTape in between coats.
- If you are taping on a textured surface, some specialized taping techniques may be required. See How to Tape on Texture for more information.
Removing The FrogTape:
- Remove the tape immediately after you are finished painting. This will help prevent paint from bridging over the tape and tearing when you remove it. When emulsion paint begins to dry, it becomes rubbery (like an elastic band) and has a tendency to pull.
- Remove the tape slowly and pull at a 90-degree angle.
- If the new paint does begin to tear, gently score the edges with a razor blade.
- If the tape begins to tear the wallboard when it is being removed, this likely means you have masked on a poorly bonded surface. Try softening the tape's adhesive with a blow dryer.