How soon can I tape after painting?


Typically we recommend taping when the paint film has had anywhere from 8 to 12 hours drying. That time frame is dependent on temperature and humidity.

This is, of course, on the conservative side, not knowing exactly what temperature, humidity and amount of mils are on the surface.

Do painters tape earlier? Yes, they do. I would suggest taping when you are comfortable that the tape you are using will not pull off existing finishes.

There are companies that make tape especially for lower-VOC paint products. Two that I know of are Frogtape and 3M.