By bblubblerfisch - 12/02/2013 18:04 - Austria - Vienna

Today, after spending six months completely repainting and redecorating our new home, I finally finished the last touches and went to remove the masking tape. Off came the tape, along with huge blotches of plasterwork. FML
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bblubblerfisch tells us more.

Hey all. OP here. First of all I'm glad this was posted, because when the first blotch came off, I was thinking 'Oh NO! This is so FML!' and yeah - here it is :) And then - to clear up a few things: 1. This is not my first language and 'masking tape' was just what google translater told me 'Malerkrepp' means in English. Anyways: it was the right kind of tape, we used it on the whole house and it worked everywhere else except this particular wall because 2. there was a strange kind of 'wax' paint under a whole lot of other layers that apparently was not fit to be re-painted. Ours is a very old house and we didn't know the former owners used this. But I'm a lucky one. My fiancé filled the gaps in with painter's filling yesterday and after repainting all of it tonight I hope we will truly be done. Finally. And 3. I certainly didn't leave the tape on for half a year! This is just the amount of time we have been working on the whole project. #70 : I loved your comment! Thank you, this really helped and it's exactly what we are doing. Have a nice day everyone! :)

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Looks like another trip to Home Depot

And that's what you get for using duck tape and not painters tape

wlddog 14

Different tape has different chemicals to stick to things. That is why they make different kinds of tape. Some take is safe to peel for 8 hours. Others longer or shorter. But if you wait too long to remove the tape it cures and the adhesive dries up and the tape becomes a real pain to remove. OP either waited too long to remove the tape, or used the wrong kind of tape.

Op used masking tape... And left it on for months.

RedPillSucks 31

@10, but it's labeled as such (painting tape) to avoid exactly these kinds of mistakes

Jessj958 19

That's exactly what I was gonna say #5. Why would OP use masking tape?

Yep masking tapes are strong enough to pull of the plaster, masking tapes are generally used to paint metal bodies, like buses and stuffs. I've never heard of painting tapes though.

It's called painters tape and generally is blue but I believe there may be other colors. It's not the same as masking tape. My ex-hubby is a painter and sent me to the store when we were dating for painters tape. I got masking tape not knowing the difference. Needless to say I went back to the store.

FYL Indeed. Did you use the masking tape made for painting?

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That's if you can afford it. It is much cheaper to do it yourself and painting is easy. Just buy green painting tape and your golden. Common sense goes a long way and saves money. Ydi

Dang that sucks OP! Frog tape next time, or even blue tape works good :) good luck fixing it! :)

perdix 29

Were you using duct tape as masking tape? Rookie mistake getting the two confused. I'll bet your sex slaves are easily chewing through the tape and escaping your pleasure dungeon.

What a bad pleasure dungeon if the only thing between them and freedom is some duct tape! I use a pit with a locked titanium grate over it, the sides sheer, and doused with Hydroflouric acid, with pneumatic ****** coming out of the ground- I mean what? Oh yes, masking tape. Great for walls.

zingline89 18

I always use teflon tape. Dummies try to bite through and their teeth just slide right off it.

I use fuzzy handcuffs. They biting won't break the cuffs. Umm I mean I heard that works..

asnakelovinbabe 16

I use everything Pleonasm said, plus snakes. Nobody is getting past the king cobra at the door.

TheDrifter 23

I just lock the door and put my 400 lb nymphomaniac cousin "Vinnie" outside without a key. Even if they get out of the chains they're not getting far, and listening to him beg them to break out is hours of entertainment.

zingline89 18

This is what happens when you plaster plastered.

unknown_user5566 26

Home improvement stores could use that premise to make a pretty amusing commercial, Public Service Announcement style: "Friends don't let friends plaster while plastered". :P