I am about to (finally!) get cracking with the main body of painting in my home. I'm an old hand at decorating generally, but I thought I'd check first on one of those annoying details. Namely, what's the best approach to take with masking tape?
It's aggravating enough when you leave the tape down too long and it pulls off some of the paint when you remove it. How long can you realistically leave it in place? The problem is I have to put down a couple of coats of base white (emulsion on the walls) to blank out bright colour before a couple of coats of the new colour. Then there's undercoating the woodwork then a couple of coats of gloss, of course.
I've just looked up advice on a site and it says you must remove masking tape when it's wet and remask for every coat. That seems a palaver too far for 4 coats in total plus the glossing. Is that what the professionals do? Or do you think it's worth leaving it all in place until I've finished then touching up the damage when I've removed all the tape?
I don't currently have the energy to get it all done in a day, I have to do it step by step over a few days, and remasking half a dozen times is going to drive me mad.
Is there a happy compromise? Or any tips to avoid the new paint flaking off with the tape?