I don’t use masking tape for two reasons: 1) It leaves a raised line at the edge, and 2) it pulls up acrylic paint.
So I learned not to use it.
A HAIR DRYER IS USED TO WEAKEN THE ADHESIVE AND ALLOW THE TAPE TO BE REMOVED WITHOUT TEARING.
I repeat. Hit the masking tape with a hair dryer to “soften” the adhesive and you should find it easier to remove the tape without pulling up the paper (or paint).
I should have thought of this years ago. I use a heat gun to remove labels from UPS boxes, so using a hair dryer to heat up masking tape to make it easier to remove sounds like an obvious corollary– but it never occurred to me.
Oh well. All I can do is request that the next time you reply to somebody on a forum and tell them to use a hair dryer to loosen up the masking tape, you credit Ms. Sealark– and this blog.
Otherwise I send my pet vulture to peck your eyes out.