Boot Stripe and 3M tapes

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So I just painted my boot stripe with Pettit Easypoxy.

When I first set up for it, I taped it off with 3M Blue Tape (2090). Then i sanded it, cleaned it up, and retaped it before I painted as there were a few areas I messed up sanding.

So I then went and bought a 3M blue roll again with the edge lock (2080). So I painted it and pulled the tape off after about 12 hours. When I pulled the off the tape it actually pulled off some of the bottom paint with it, not enough to care but to notice to the eye.

Thought that was funny as I didnt think it would lift anything...

So now I want to protect that stripe while I do some other projects, I imagine after 5 days I should be okay? Maybe not? The thing is now, what tape should I use to cover it?
 

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I have learned the hard way that the new EdgeLock pulls paint off even after a short time. I switched to the old blue painter's tape with medium adhesion and it worked better. I agree with others here that it is better to pull as soon as you can. I've had better results with the neon green tape by 3M but it is very expensive, and the "fine line" tape by 3M is perfect for pin stripes and boot stripes but should only be left on for hours- not days.
 

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Yes, but what do you do when your trying to do two coats? Maybe should have just done one... On bottom paint I rip it right off when I finish... Oh well... its why I'm not a pro but good enough...
 

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Yes, but what do you do when your trying to do two coats? Maybe should have just done one... On bottom paint I rip it right off when I finish... Oh well... its why I'm not a pro but good enough...

I did two coats on my white boot stripe and left the old blue painter's tape on for two days with only one area I had to repaint (about an inch long). Funny you should mention the pros- I noticed Eastern Boats uses a vinyl tape for their boot stripes. I wonder how long that will last before it needs to be replaced.
 

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I'm in no a way a pro painter, but with the little skiff I rebuilt I used the 3m green painters tape, (mostly because I got a great deal on a case of it). But I taped over paint that had only been cured for a few days and didn't have any trouble with lifting. It also left a very crisp edge.

On a side not, how ya been Shawn, remember me? Its Paul from Maritime and MacDougalls!!!
 

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Green 3m is the way to go. I worked at a auto resto shop years ago and the owner had a saying " paper and tape are cheaper than man hours ". I didn't get it then but it has stuck in my head and he was right.
 
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