Application Guides

Helpful Tips For Using GECO Masking Tape

Masking tape, also known as painter’s tape, is an indispensable tool for all kinds of painting work – from painting a wall to painting automobiles.  GECO Masking Tape is an easy-to-tear paper tape with pressure-sensitive adhesive that gives good adhesion and release without leaving any residue or impressions.

Here are some tips to use GECO Masking Tape in painting works:

Surface Preparation
Masking Tape may not stick to dirty/unclean surfaces.  Dusting thoroughly with a damp cloth is usually enough but, if necessary, a detergent solution can be used.  After wiping down the surface with a dry cloth, allow it to completely dry.

Climate can also affect the performance of a tape:

  • If a surface is too hot, the adhesive may melt
  • If a surface is too cold, the tape can’t adhere
  • If there is moisture, either humidity or rain, tape will not stick

Masking the corners

Step 1: Stick the tape up the wall, making it a bit long, to prepare for painting the corners.

Step 2: Use a putty knife to press the tape into the corner, then use a utility knife to cut along the crease and discard the part you’ve cut off.

This will give you a very crisp, clear edge.

How to avoid Tears and Creeps in tapes?

  • Tearing happens if the tape is dented, damaged, or dropped
  • Creeping is usually caused by improper application. In the process of concealing off, people tend to rush it. They leave gaps in the tape and fail to rub it down. It’s important to remember that this tape is named as pressure-sensitive for a reason.
  • Avoid tapes that are old, inexpensive, and have been exposed to water and direct sun

How to remove Masking tape?

  • To remove tape from painted surfaces, remove it slowly at an angle between 45 and 90 degrees.
  • Pulling at a 90-degree angle makes removal much easier and prevents the tape from shattering.
  • Don’t leave the tape in surface for too long, and don’t rush the process.
  • Make sure you do not grab the tape at the end and pull it.

GECO Masking Tapes are designed for masking variety of substrates in painting, carpentry and construction works.  For more information, please visit or call 1800 599 3939.