In spite of the totally royal pain in the p’tutie it was to create my first —I took on another!
I loved the outcome even in spite of how
it was to get all those crisp stripes. Not to mention the challenging iconic logos.
It was a very quick seller in the mall
~did I price it too low?
The first time around I suffered greatly—all because of “cheap” painter’s tape. I thought. Well, once a victim~twice a volunteer, and I wasn’t volunteering for another round of punishment! I spent the crazy-extra dollars for Frogtape!
THIS project would go easier. (fingers crossed)
That’s laughable considering the amount of pre-planning and strategizing required. I bought both of the expensive multi-surface and delicate surface tapes—I thought it might take both throughout the different stages of the project.
Now, let me just say— I’ve given a LOT of thought to this before writing. Sorry Frogtape, maybe we could talk?
This was a L O N G project to get through. No joke.
◊ I sanded the body just to even out the raised stenciling—and generally AWFUL paint job. It also gave the dresser a tooth for my painting.
◊ I stripped the top. Evened it out with a lighter stain, and waxed it.
◊ I mixed up some “Burberry” beige and painted the body of the dresser. It just so happened that it was 2 days before I could come back to continue, so the paint was well cured.
I planned, I strategized, I worked the math. And I finally started taping off the first of the stripes—the white. I used the multi surface Frogtape. I painted all six white verticals and immediately peeled off the tape—so far so good.
I probably gave this part about 2 hours drying time. I had lunch, I cut the grass, checked emails, it was a moderately hot day. I gave the stripes a VERY light sanding and got busy REtaping for the dark gray stripes. I used some standard painter’s tape to keep accurate spacing throughout the project. I used a chip brush to achieve a striae’d effect.
Again, I peeled the tape off right away. This time I saw a bit of bleed through, but worse—it pulled off the other paints!
I know all about burnishing the tape edges and have actually discovered over many years of painting that using a razor blade applies much more consistent/even pressure and adhesion—WaY better than your fingers!
I was really disappointed to see even a little bit of bleed through considering all the hype. But I was IRRITATED beyond measure that it ripped the paint off!
I lightly sanded, REpainted the white, and walked away from THIS project till the next morning.
With a fresh attitude—I REtaped and painted the gray stripes, AGAIN, and peeled the tape off right away—successfully. I had other projects going simultaneously and resumed work a couple hours later with the horizontal (mathematical) stripes.
I taped (forever), I painted, I peeled off tape. AND paint! In OTHER areas!
Come on~moderately hot weather, with exception to the “touch ups,” everything had a gOOd amount of set up/drying time, so WT???
I used the delicate surface tape this time thinking that the problem was in the multiple layers of paint –right?- but it still peeled paint off—arrrrgh!
4 days in now, my attitude was becoming hotter than the weather.
Day 5, just looking at this project conjured ideas of rolling the whole dang thing outside to build a good bonfire—so I ignored it for more cooperative projects. I certainly had enough else to do.
Day 6. THIS project needed to be ready for the next morning’s trip to Door County so -like it or not- I had to deal with it.
I taped off for the red stripes—and prayed for success. The paint held, but I saw a little bit of bleed through again and settled in for a good amount of touch up by HAND, where I found my Venetian plaster trowels to be incredibly helpful! The thin sharp edge created a nice guide to paint against—sort of like the tape was supposed to do. Insert sarcasm here. I lightly sanded the whole dresser for “wear” and to camouflage the many crummy areas (IMO).
I made a “new” hardware selection of old, tarnished brass L&R pulls found at the ReStore—it was 9pm and I had nothing left for this guy.
EARLY next morning~ I headed back out with scaled print outs and tracing paper to work on those iconic logos. I traced the images, then drew back over them with a sharpie marker. I locked them in by lightly over-spraying with a non-yellowing sealer.
11am and I was finally pulling everything out that needed to get loaded.
7. days. in. NOT some of my finest work—but hopefully someone will
like LUV BUY it!
Uh WoW~ the picture makes this 42″ tall dresser look short~???
Okay. . .Frogtape. . .I don’t know.
Worth the extra cost?
Guess I’d like to have a conversation with a rep to problem solve my issues before bailing altogether. I hate to sound negative or burn a product-bridge, but—HOW MUCH CURE TIME does paint need before you can use this tape? ‘Cause I really felt like this was the main problem. What’s your experience?
The Jury’s still out.
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