How long before you can put masking tape on fresh paint?
"Freshly painted" means any surface that has been painted within 30 days. You must wait 24 hours before applying tape to a freshly painted surface and then choose a tape designed specifically for this application, such as ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape for Delicate Surfaces.
First, if you can wait at least 24 hours (2 days is better) for the wall paint to dry, ScotchBlue Painter's Tape for Delicate Surfaces can be used to mask off the wall. Other tools like painting edgers work well when painting the wall near trim, but not so well when actually painting the trim.
- Paint doesn't cure, or reach maximum hardness, until days after the paint is dry. Oil-based paints cure faster (in about 7 days) than latex paints (in about 30 days). So, don't put your newly painted dining room table into heavy rotation until the paint has fully cured and will withstand everyday use.
- Here's how to make paint dry faster.
- Keep a fan on. Multiple fans oscillating in the room will speed up the dry time considerably.
- Apply light coats.
- Keep the room warm.
- Keep the humidity down.
- Paint one wall at a time.
- Use a zero-VOC* paint like ECOS Paints.
- The majority of latex paints when applied at room temperature will be dry set-to-touch within one hour or less and may be recoated within four hours. Poor ventilation, low temperatures, thick films and high humidity will increase these times.
Remove the tape while the paint is still wet by slowly and carefully pulling away from the paint line at a 45-degree angle. If a bit of paint seeps through, wipe it away immediately with a damp cloth. If the tape is left on until the paint dries, removing it can result in peeling.
- Part 1 Taping off the Room
- Choose the right tape.
- Wipe down the areas you wish to tape.
- Use short strips of tape.
- Tape the areas you want to protect.
- Make an eave with tape to protect horizontal surfaces.
- Seal the tape to the surface.
- Miter tape in corners.
- Cover exposed surfaces with paper.
- Generally, if you're using an oil-based paint, expect it to be dry to the touch in 6–8 hours and ready to recoat in 24 hours. A latex paint is usually dry to the touch in about an hour, and you can safely recoat in 4 hours.
- There are going to be a few factors on how many coats you need. What color is on the wall, how much the wall soaks up the first coat of primer, as well as the primer you are choosing. You will be looking at 1-2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint minimum.
Updated: 29th August 2018