How to Tape on Textures – Central London Sign Project NGS
NGS Notes from signmaking diary
We just used 22 rolls of Frog tape on Tate Modern project and have to say it works incredibly well.
For us at the London Signwriter.com frog tape has proved itself a valuable display artwork team tool.
The method below has all the safeguards included.. this method also works with ordinary masking tape. With identical results.
Nick Garrett, NGS
Getting a clean line on a textured surface with FrogTape alone can be tricky. It is virtually impossible to fill in all of the nooks and crannies that a texture surface has. If FrogTape doesn’t get completely pressed down into every crevice on your textured wall, paint will leak underneath.
If your surface is lightly textured, using a specialized technique may not be necessary. Be sure to firmly press the tape edges down using a knife or 5-in-1 tool. It’s always a good idea to test your taping skills before taping off and painting an entire room.
Apply the tape directly onto Wall A along the corner where it meets Wall B. For this example, Wall B is the surface to be painted.
Secure the tape by pushing it down with your fingers into each “nook and cranny”.
Run a flat tool firmly down the length of the tape to further ensure it is pressed down into the textured surface. You can also use a 5-in-1 tool.
Apply a very thin coat of the original color of Wall A onto Wall B and along the edge of the tape. This will activate PaintBlock®; and seal the edge of the tape.
Let the paint dry.
Using the color with which you want to paint Wall B, apply a coat of paint along the edge of the tape.
Paint the rest of your wall.
Run a box cutter or utility knife lightly along the edge of the tape in the corner. Be careful not to press too firmly as to harm the surface of your wall.
Remove the tape at 180 degree angle at a slow and steady pace.
Enjoy your newly painted accent wall and sharp paint lines.