"Liquid mask" protects painted windows, door trim
One of the biggest challenges of interior painting is finishing the window and door trim. While some professionals use traditional, blue painter’s tape, others are opting for liquid masking tape, claiming it speeds up the process and is easier to remove.
The tape can be applied using a sprayer, roller, or brush. It primes and masks the frames in a single step, and when peeled off there is no adhesive residue left behind.
Like any product, there is a learning curve to becoming proficient using it. Some general tips include:
- Designate a sprayer for liquid masking tape only. It will speed up the application process.
- Allow at least 30 minutes for it to dry.
- Don’t leave it on too long before removing it, especially when exposed to direct sunlight.
- Clean the glass before applying it. Otherwise, it will stick to the dirty areas.
- Apply at least 2-3 coats. The thicker it is, the easier it will be to remove it in one, quick motion.
- Remember to add the cost of the liquid masking tape to your materials—it’s a bit expensive.