Quick Questions About Using Blue Painters Tape To Avoid Glue On Surfaces To Be Stained

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Forum topic by Targa posted 02-20-2014 05:07 PM 1259 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2014 05:07 PM

I have been working on my first woodworking project and have two quick questions about using blue painters tape to mask off areas to be stained and top coated. After I tape up the areas to be stained before assembly with glue in order to not get any glue residue on them:

1. How long after glue up and clamping should I wait to remove the painters tape?

2. Should I expect zero glue squeeze out along the tape edge after tape removal or will there be some that needs to be removed where the two wood surfaces meet?

Thank you

-- Dom

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#1 posted 02-20-2014 07:10 PM

1. You can remove it immediately after glue up since most of the squeeze out will have occurred or wait 5 minutes.
2. Squeeze out should be infinitesimal at this point.

-- Paul, Central Illinois

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#2 posted 02-20-2014 07:28 PM

I often use blue tape during glue up and like to leave it on for at least a half hour so the glue can set up a little bit. If you remove the tape when the glue is still runny it could run into the grain. It is easier for me to remove excess glue when it is not so runny.

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#3 posted 02-20-2014 09:12 PM

There are various levels of “blue tape”...really sticky, sticky, kinda sticky (not kidding there). I gave up on all of them and prefinish everything after a dry fit where I can. Dovetails and box joints don’t allow for that on the outside because of final sanding but that’s where the newer glues like Titebond II are better than the old yellow glues (I find it doesn’t tend to soak into the grain as much). Just MHO.

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