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Masking tape!

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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
Would someone please advise. I need to put sealant around the bath and have just discovered the masking tape I thought I had isn't in the shed...
What are the disadvantages of using parcel tape?
I have used sellotape in the past which I think I recall was ok but does someone have the official stance on this??
I don't want to start it and mess it up by cheating and using parcel tape.
Thanks.

P.s I do know that that tape is more likely to leave a residue but it would only be on for a few minutes.
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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
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#1
The trouble with parcel tape is its too thin so you're nearly guaranteed to end up with very hard to remove brown bits left behind. Sellotape is better if you really are stuck, but i'd just go get some masking tape or do it freehand. Oh and don't forget the fairy ;-)
#2
Don't use tape.

Smear a bit of washing up liquid on your index finger(The one you pick your nose with) and use this to bed in the sealant. When you use tape, you will be left with a ridge.

If you insist on using tape, sellotape would be better.
#3
Why do you need tape anyway? :?

Just use the sealent?

Use the sealant, lick finger and rub over to make it nice and level and all done.........
#4
i would just use sealant but if you must use tape it should be masking tape.
the solvents in the sealant would attack the parcel tape and the sellotape.
#5
When Hubby does this (not my department!) he only uses sealant and his finger
#6
Yup, finger only. Don't use parcel tape what ever you do.

And fill the bath 2/3 with cold water first to push it down. Otherwise when the sealent dries and you fill it up to use it and get in it, the sealent will come away.
#7
leave it til you get some masking tape.
I hate it when people use their finger and botch it up, looks a right mess :roll:
#8
Sealant, finger and fill bath straight after you've done the sealant.
#9
owlass
leave it til you get some masking tape.
I hate it when people use their finger and botch it up, looks a right mess :roll:


Probably best to leave it for someone who doesn't have 'The shakes'. ;-)
#10
smithyp1
Why do you need tape anyway? :?

Just use the sealent?

Use the sealant, lick finger and rub over to make it nice and level and all done.........


I don't do anything without masking tape as I don't have a steady hand. Tried it before and it was rubbish! I can't 'cut in' when painting either!
#11
chesso
Sealant, finger and fill bath straight after you've done the sealant.


Straight after? I usually fill the bath during sealing it. Is that wrong?
#12
owlass
leave it til you get some masking tape.
I hate it when people use their finger and botch it up, looks a right mess :roll:


I think I will take your advice and wait until tomorrow. I was feeling all hyped up for some DIY earlier but once I'd managed to dig the old stuff out I was exhausted! Thanks.
#13
Thanks everyone, I appreciate the advice.
I have sealed the bath before and even after filling the bath up while sealing it still seems to come away. Maybe I got some water under the seal?

Can I just ask, What is the deal with Fairy liquid. Do people smooth it with this?
#14
thesaint
Probably best to leave it for someone who doesn't have 'The shakes'. ;-)


Good advice, I'll get my Dad to do it instead!!
#15
You don't need a "Steady hand", as your hand is pressed against the bath and the wall.

As long as you don't leave it for more than 2-3 minutes, it won't be a mess.

Didn't I teach you how to multi-quote the other day?
#16
Fill bath first, then masking tape.

...where's me wobbly tablets!

The Shakes...no i Havant :whistling:
#17
andreahh24
Thanks everyone, I appreciate the advice.
I have sealed the bath before and even after filling the bath up while sealing it still seems to come away. Maybe I got some water under the seal?
Can I just ask, What is the deal with Fairy liquid. Do people smooth it with this?

No, the sealant has lifted when you took off the masking tape.:) Fairy liquid -Just a smear on the wet finger. Wipe off excess sealant with paper towel, after you've gone the whole way across. Repeat.:)
andreahh24
Straight after? I usually fill the bath during sealing it. Is that wrong?

If you're a lady - as I suspect- you'll be IN the bath to do the sealant. It doesn't set so fast that filling it as soon as you've finished is too late.:-D
banned#18
I would never use tape as once the sealant is dry then any stuck to the tape could create a frayed edge when you tear the tape off. Worse still, some tape could remain stuck under the sealant and you'll be getting a blade out to cut it off.

each to their own though of course.
#19
csiman
I would never use tape as once the sealant is dry then any stuck to the tape could create a frayed edge when you tear the tape off. Worse still, some tape could remain stuck under the sealant and you'll be getting a blade out to cut it off.

each to their own though of course.


You remove the tape as soon as you've smoothed the sealant. Try sealing a dark coloured kitchen worktop freehand and you'll see the advantage of tape ;-)
#20
thesaint
You don't need a "Steady hand", as your hand is pressed against the bath and the wall.

As long as you don't leave it for more than 2-3 minutes, it won't be a mess.

Didn't I teach you how to multi-quote the other day?


Indeed you did, however, I didn't know I was going to reply to so many quotes!
I am sorry I have caused you disappointment and I will try harder in future to use the life skills you have equipt me with :oops:
#21
andreahh24
Straight after? I usually fill the bath during sealing it. Is that wrong?


No, you must fill the bath 3/4 full and then sealant ... I have an 'expert' in my house who said so!
banned#22
no, fill the bath to normal level then get in it, and wait for sealant to dry:-D
#23
chesso
No, the sealant has lifted when you took off the masking tape.:) Fairy liquid -Just a smear on the wet finger. Wipe off excess sealant with paper towel, after you've gone the whole way across. Repeat.:)

If you're a lady - as I suspect- you'll be IN the bath to do the sealant. It doesn't set so fast that filling it as soon as you've finished is too late.:-D


I am a lady although I am a bit of DIY Queen!
I teach myself though. I retiled my kitchen 3 months ago and sealed it with Black sealant, which looked Fab!
I take the masking tape off immediately after application and then smooth the sealant with a wet finger. This means it can not be the reason for the sealant lifting. I suspect it may be because my plug is rubbish and water drains from the bath, meaning it becomes less heavy.
#24
sassie
no, fill the bath to normal level then get in it, and wait for sealant to dry:-D


Wow! What a good plan!
24 hours the tube says...

If it stops the sealant from lifting that would be 24 hours well spent in my book!
banned#25
andreahh24
Wow! What a good plan!
24 hours the tube says...

If it stops the sealant from lifting that would be 24 hours well spent in my book!


sorted, good luck:thumbsup:
#26
csiman
I would never use tape as once the sealant is dry then any stuck to the tape could create a frayed edge when you tear the tape off. Worse still, some tape could remain stuck under the sealant and you'll be getting a blade out to cut it off.

each to their own though of course.


I would only use it to apply and then take it off and smooth over.
I once left masking tape on my windows...took me weeks to get it out from under the dried gloss!
#27
sassie
no, fill the bath to normal level then get in it, and wait for sealant to dry:-D


yes, and don,t fall asleep!
#28
sassie
no, fill the bath to normal level then get in it, and wait for sealant to dry:-D

But do not use an electrical appliance to reheat the cooling water while you are still in the bath - especially not a hair drier. Also, apply plenty of moisturiser before-hand.:whistling:
banned#29
vaseline and cling film are meant to be good too -lol
#30
chesso
But do not use an electrical appliance to reheat the cooling water while you are still in the bath - especially not a hair drier. Also, apply plenty of moisturiser before-hand.:whistling:


Unless you have one of those 'underwater hairdryers' that the irish seem to love!!!
Good idea to moisturise especially if you're off out after your 'bath'
#31
Sheriff Waffles
Unless you have one of those 'underwater hairdryers' that the irish seem to love!!!
Good idea to moisturise especially if you're off out after your 'bath'


If I was going out afterwards I would hope it would be a fancy dress party...I could go as 'The Thing!'
#32
sassie
vaseline and cling film are meant to be good too -lol

Are you still on about getting in the bath ..... or something else entirely! ;D
#33
andreahh24
If I was going out afterwards I would hope it would be a fancy dress party...I could go as 'The Thing!'

Or blanche out of corrie!
banned#34
Sheriff Waffles
Are you still on about getting in the bath ..... or something else entirely! ;D


either really :oops:
#35
sassie
either really :oops:

No need to feel embarassed about applying these to your face as a make shift face pack ....:whistling:
#36
Sheriff Waffles
Are you still on about getting in the bath ..... or something else entirely! ;D


Hey, I've been to clubs where that was the dress code!
#37
andreahh24
Hey, I've been to clubs where that was the dress code!

Yup... I own them, well it's good for a laugh if nothing else. The seats get a bit messy tho...
banned#38
Sheriff Waffles
No need to feel embarassed about applying these to your face as a make shift face pack ....:whistling:


i have to say i dont really get embarressed, i just pretend;-)
#39
Sheriff Waffles
Or blanche out of corrie!


I would have to acquire wonky eyes though...
Maybe I could press my face into the side of the bath to acheive the desired effect??
I think after 24 hours some disfiguration should take place!
#40
andreahh24
I would have to acquire wonky eyes though...
Maybe I could press my face into the side of the bath to acheive the desired effect??
I think after 24 hours some disfiguration should take place!


Yes ... and hopefully a personality shift, making you a more 'enquiring sort' in the community!

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