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    Posted: 18 Aug 2011 at 9:15pm
Hello,
 
    I took a moment to check the past history and didn't notice anything on this so I thought I would ask it :)
 
     I have finished the prep work (man they are not kidding when they say prep is 80% + the total time of work involved in painting the boat) and have the boat taped off in the sections I need to be able to paint it. I have read in several locations that the tape should be pulled off after the paint has "touch dry" (approx 2 hrs by brush) and then remask between each coat. When I was watching the video's on the topside "how to", they made it look and sound like they taped it off once and then removed the tape after all the coats where complete and dry.
 
    I am priming with 2 coats of Primekote and then covering with 2 to 3 coats of Perfection. Question ... how often is the masking tape supposed to be removed and reapplied. Also, when should it be removed? dry to touch, complete dry time, right after applying is complete?
 
   Please let me know when you have a moment.
 
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Chad
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Hi Chad,
To help ensure that you achieve clean and smooth lines without the tape tearing into small pieces it is recommended that you remove the tape after each and every coat. I would reocmmend that you do not leave the tape down for multiple coats as the solvents in the primer and topcoat will soften the tape up some and make the removal of the tape very difficult. As for the appropriate times for when you can remove the tape, it can be done in as little as 2-3 hours, typically removed in 6-8 hours and can stay up to 24 hours. Also the best tape to use would be the 3M Fine Line.
 
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