In the following steps, we’ll explain the best way to remove masking tape correctly to ensure the best finish with no bleeding.
From the sharpest lines to the easiest cleanup, tape removal is an important step in your painting project. A little patience and preparation will help you avoid peeling away paint when you take off your masking tape. It's important to use the right tape for your project and surface, use our helpful Selector Guide (PDF, 1.3 MB) to ensure you get the best results.
Wait until the paint is dry to the touch before removing the tape. Check the paint can for the manufacturer's dry times.
Be sure to check the packaging of your Scotch® Masking Tape to see how many days the tape can be left on the surface and still give clean removal with no residue.
Taking your time, lift up the masking tape and pull it back on itself, slowly removing at a 45° angle, demonstrated in the above image.
Please note: for a high adhesion tape the angle can be increased upwards to 90° to lower the adhesion resistance.
You’ll get a sharp, clean line and a professional looking paint job!