08:57PM | 09/29/05
Member Since: 09/29/05
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I'm in the process of painting my garage, which has been professionally drywalled and trimmed. I used Sherwin Williams best primer and paints (PrepRite Classic Latex Primer; Duration Home [walls]; ProClassic Waterborne Latex Enamel [trim]), which I had been told were great paints. I am also using Purdy brushes to cut in and do the trim work.

I prepped and primed the walls and trim. I then painted the walls with two coats of the Duration paint. I'm in the process of doing the trim with the ProClassic Enamel.

Because I don't have the steadiest of hands, I decided to use 3M Painters Tape (the blue stuff) around the walls by the trim. I applied the trim paint, waited two days, and then tonight, I peeled off the tape. It ended up peeling off a large amount of the paint on the walls. This is not due to the tape being on the walls for too long. During the taping process, I had to take the tape off (I put it on wrong) and I noticed that there was an area that peeled after only having tape on for a few seconds. I figured that this was an isolated problem, so I continued to tape prior to painting the trim.

As I'm painting on weekends and after work when time allows, the paint and primer were allowed to dry for days in between coats, so I know that that can't be the cause. But I'm wondering what I could have done wrong. It just appears as if the Duration paint hasn't properly adhered to the primer. I figured that by sticking with a quality, name-brand product, I'd avoid some of the problems associated with cheap paint. And the paint isn't old...I bought it about two weeks ago and applied the first coat literally hours after bringing it home from the store.

I'm tempted to try to free-hand the trim, but it just doesn't look very good--I don't paint for a living and haven't yet acquired this talent. I've also tried to use a metal edge as a guide/guard, but this has proved to be a bit problematic, as the ProClassic Enamel is a bit gummy when being applied. Now, my tried-and-true method, which has worked for me for years--painters tape--has proved to be rather problematic as well. Any suggestions? Anyone else have similar problems? Thanks.


Caledonia, MI


12:14PM | 07/22/06
Member Since: 07/21/06
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The same EXACT thing just happened to me! I've always painted with 3m blue tape and never had this problem until now. I primed last Saturday morning, did the first coat Sunday afternoon/evening, it took days to dry since its been so humid, but I waited. Now I'm taking off the tape and it peeled everywhere no matter how careful I was!

I'm assuming you've done something to fix your walls by now. What did you do? Any suggestions for me?



06:05PM | 07/23/06
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
The tape you need to use is the 3M tape for sensitive surfaces and it is still blue but has a orange wrapper and core.

Also it take acrylic paints 30 days to cure and at two days it is still soft and that is why the regular blue tape is pulling it off. I would try the shield again and add some water to the Pro Classic to loosen it up a bit.


11:54AM | 01/03/08
Member Since: 01/02/08
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I had this very same problem. I was very meticulous getting the tape on and waited a day longer than I needed to to make sure the paint was completely dried. The tape still peeled paint away and I had to go back with a teeny tiny paint brush to touch it all up.

I asked my dad about this because I remember growing up and he has painted a LOT of rooms in our house.

Here's how he did it and got a clean edge with no peeling.

He taped off the entire room then started painting at one end. When he finished at the other he immediatly started taking the tape off where he began painting. He warned that it can be very messy and that paint will get all over your hands, but it prevent the tape from peeling off any dried paint.


06:13PM | 07/24/15
I am painting the baseboards, trim, and some walls in my home. Today, I placed painters tape along the top of the baseboard and the bottom of the wall to re caulk first. When pulling off the painters tape, the paint on the baseboard began peeling off with the tape. I am hearing most people attribute this problem to the paint onto which the tape is being applied not properly curing first, or tape remaining on an hour or however longer than it should rather than removing sooner. I removed the tape upon completing caulking and the paint on the baseboard is probably 10 years old or more, what could be the problem here? Additionally, as I painted the foyer walls, as to not get paint on the trim, I taped it off tape(3m, by the way). Once I finished painting the walls, I removed the tape from the trim, which also is probably 10 years old, and the paint came off with the tape. I am a novice, painter, homeowner, DIYer and need serious help. I am wondering if it was the type of paint, maybe, used by the previous homeowners? Or, from what someone responded, maybe they just didn't use a primer first? Please help because I want to repaint all the trim and baseboards, but should I decided to repaint walls in say 5 years, I don't want this problem again. Any helpful advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Dee


11:10AM | 09/08/15
Thank goodness I met you all! I'm going nuts with painter's tape peeling paint off the wall! This is the first time this ever happened to me.


02:21PM | 10/26/15
I just bought a newly built home which I got to pick colors & trims for while it was being finished. 2 months ago the home was finished & over the last month we started decorating. My wife bought all different wall art for around the house. When I hang things I always use blue tape (3m)to make heights & centers. to my dismay after hanging some of the art, when I pulled off the tape, some of the paint came off with it. It happened in the house & also when hanging cabinets in the garage. The paint the builder used was a good Sherwin-Williams brand. I can not understand why this is happening, the tape is only on for a few minutes at a time & I don't even push down the edges. I am strictly using it as a guide & then taking it off; this is all on brand new sheet rock, primed & painted.
Any Ideas, please help.

Mike from Alpharetta, Ga.


02:13PM | 11/01/15
The tape and caulk have been on the painted walls several days. How do I get it off without ruining the paint job?


12:37PM | 11/10/15
I am a professional refinisher and have also had this issue. The only thing I found that helped was to heat the tape with a hair dryer for a minute or so and then remove the tape on a 90 degree angle this will greatly reduce the peeling if it is removed when the tape is still warm.
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