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Question DetailsAsked on 5/31/2011

How long should tape be kept up after painting

The last time I had painters in my home, they took off the tape they used around the trim before they left, and paint dripped all over and left a huge mess! I’m about to hire someone else to paint my dining room and I want to know how long the tape should stay up after they’re done painting.

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Painter’s tape should be pulled up between 45 and 90 minutes after the paint is applied, but the blue painter’s tape is reasonably forgiving—just don’t leave it on for more than 24 hours or you’ll risk chipping the paint underneath as you pull the tape up. It’s best to let the professionals pull it up so they can fix any mistakes. Explain to your new painters what happened last time, and I’m sure they’ll understand.

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