How to remove painter's tape properly

It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice without a stroke of experience, a DIY expert or a professional painter, one of the most important tools we have in our fight against FOMU is the humble roll of painter’s tape.


It helps to mask off areas that should not be painted, and creates a clean finish that takes your project to the next level. But if you’re confused about how to use it, or even how to remove it, then painter’s tape can often cling to surfaces and even chip dry paint. Not to worry — with our practical FOMU-fighting tips, you’ll get a perfect finish, time and time again.

Quality is everything, so always use quality painter’s tape. Frog Tape 24mm x 55mm Multi Surface Masking Tape is a fantastic choice. Consider picking up a roll from your local Bunnings.

The best and safest way to peel off painter’s tape is to pull about 15cm of tape towards you, then turn it down at a 45-degree angle, then slowly peel the rest of it off too. Keep your hand close to the surface it was stuck to for an easy, smooth peel.

Removing the tape can get a little tricky. Always peel it off while the paint is still wet. If it dries, the tape might peel the paint off with it and ruin your perfect finish.

It’s a subtle art, to be sure. But it won’t take you long to master it, and that’ll be another battle won in the fight against FOMU.


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