Improve Interior Painting Results With Masking Tape

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  • Improve Interior Painting Results With Masking Tape

    Interior painting does not come without its fair share of concerns, in fact it can be a bitoverwhelming. The end result is going to depend on you and your understanding of current paintingtechniques. Some people will simply hire a house-painting contractor but that does not come cheap,therefore if you are looking for ways to do your interior painting and have it turn out professional,you have come to the right spot.

    Interior painting is so much more than just slapping some paint on the walls; it can actually be adifficult task. You want to achieve even trim and straight lines between color transitions when youare painting or it will affect the rest of your dcor. Before starting, you need to decide on a colorpattern for your walls and trim. For the trim, you should go a shade or two lighter to make interiorpaint stand out.

    At this point you are ready to begin setting the walls up. You will want to use masking tape to coverthe trim so it doesn't get the other paint color on it. You will want to only cover up to the edge of thetrimming though, by doing this you allow yourself some time saving techniques you may findbeneficial.

    When you have finished with the trim transition to covering the baseboards in much the samemanner. This is the best way to achieve a professional looking interior painting project. Maskingtape is quite cheap; you should be able to cover all your boards for around $20. Moreover, you willsave hours on your touch up andclean up times. Trim and baseboard areas are the most difficult to paint and wind up with a niceresult.

    Masking off these areas is a really simple task. Start at one corner of the wall and simply work yourway to the next. Keep about eight inches of tape pulled out in front so that you are not pulling on thetape you have already placed.

    For the upper edges of trim keep applying tape until you, make it to the corner. At this point, youwill notice that there is tape you will need to press down. Wrap the rest of the tape gently on thefront of your trim to prevent paint splatter. Your next order of business will be to prevent bleeding.The easiest way to do this is with a putty knife or other straight edge, run the edge along the creasebetween the wall and trim. This pushes the tape in tight against each surface preventing paint from

  • sneaking past. When you get to the corners, it is a good idea to use extra tape and prevent bleedingaround any breaks in your tape strips. This will insure you get a professional look from your interiorpainting project.

    Once the tape is removed you will have perfectly solid edges that look very professional and peoplewill take notice. This is the same technique the painters use to make their money, but you can do itsimply with a little work on your part.

    This technique will save you time as well as give you a great finished product. The old way ofpainting meant you had to take a brush and carefully paint along the trim and you still had clean upto do afterwards, this new method is much easier and less time consuming. You can get nearlyperfect edging using this simple technique.

    Another benefit of masking your trim is protecting it from paint splatters which can drip from yourbrush should you get too much paint in it. This is a common occurrence when you are doing interiorpainting. Cloths or floor mats will protect your flooring but you will need something on your trim aswell, otherwise you will be spending a huge amount of time cleaning off paint splatter while youwork.

    Do not simply run to the dollar store to grab white masking tape, there is one little bit of informationyou need first. This type of tape was never meant to be used as painters tape. In fact, the adhesive on the back ofthe tape can actually damage your walls. You will want to pick up blue painters tape, which wascreated for this specific purpose.

    When you have all the information and tools in order, you will be surprised how fast your interiorpainting can go. Remember to take you time removing the painters tape, wait until your walls aredry before removing. Otherwise, you could get some dribbles on your trim overnight. Once you canfinally remove the tape you will be quite impressed with the interior painting you accomplished.