Painter's tape and blue tape mean the same thing. First introduced in the market by 3M Scotch, this less sticky, blue-colored masking tape was developed for use in painting works. Blue tape of different sizes is now applied for protecting any kind of surface, except for faux, lacquer, and other delicate finishes. Home projects like painting, varnishing, and staining, involve the application of this tape for clean results. It comes off smoothly, without leaving adhesive in the surfaces.
Removing Blue Tape
Blue tape is made of medium adhesion and is perfect for protection of recently painted walls, metals, trims, and glass wood surfaces. Unlike other masking tape brands sold in the market, this tape has a milder adhesion, and its performance is less affected by exposure to sunlight. Even if it is left on walls for more than 2 weeks, it can be successfully removed without damaging the wall or leaving any residue behind.
While using this tape for painting or other home improvement projects, follow the manufacturer's directions for application. This tape is ideal for masking dry, smooth, and hard surfaces. Any irregular depression or bump should be leveled properly before applying it. A simple step is to try this tape in an inconspicuous spot and check for adhesion. Also, work in small lengths and do not stretch the tape during application. The following are a few steps to take this tape off wall surfaces.
Step #1: Ideal Temperature
Preferably remove the masking tape during day time. When pulled off early in the morning, low temperature may increase the brittleness, thus causing frequent breakage. With very hot temperature, you are risking stretching it and transferring adhesive onto the wall.
Step #2: Check the Paint
Before you remove the tape from the wall, allow the paint to dry out completely. If you try to pull it when the paint is still moist or wet, there are chances of smudging the clean line.
Step #3: Allow the Paint to Dry
Refer to the paint container for checking its actual drying time. Most brands of waterproof paint require 1-2 hours to dry. You can touch the paint lightly with your finger to check for dryness. If it is sticky, wait for another half hour and check again.
Step #4: Lift the Tape Edge
Once the paint has dried, you can start with the actual removal of the tape. Try to locate its edge and lift it with one hand. Pull a little of the tape and fold it back over itself, preferably at a 45° angle.
Step #5: Remove the Tape
Continue pulling the tape with one hand and use the other to guide the tape direction for smooth removal. If you notice any adhesion residue left behind on the wall, then pull the tape perpendicular (90°) to the painted surface.
Step #6: Ideal Speed
Maintaining a steady pace also matters in successful tape removal. Pulling the tape too slowly may leave adhesive behind, while peeling it off with a jolt may cause tearing.
Step #7: Dispose the Used Tape
Finally, collect the used tape in a polythene bag and dispose it off properly. If this is not done, it may get stuck to other surfaces and transfer unwanted adhesives.
For getting satisfactory results, blue tape is best removed within 14 days of application. You can peel it off afterward, but traces of adhesive may be left behind on the surfaces. In such a case, you may need another treatment to get rid of the adhesive. Hence, to avoid additional work, preferably remove the tape as soon as the paint has dried.