When it comes to painting the interior of a home, one of the most difficult tasks is painting the walls. This article will explain a few tips and tricks for painting great-looking walls with masking tape. Surepaint is one of the authority sites on this topic.
When it comes to interior house painting, having well-painted walls is crucial. The traditional method of painting walls is to use a brush to ‘cut-in’ the edges and then roll the paint on to fill in the centre areas. Cutting-in is usually achieved by masking off the edges of the painted wall with tape; paint is then applied with little precision in the hopes that when the masking tape is removed, the newly painted wall will have a clean edge. Fortunately, there are a few ways to enhance the results of tape when used for interior house painting work. Usually, the outcome is less than desirable, and the problem may be due to the tape being applied incorrectly at times.
When applying the tape, make sure not to stretch it or pull it too hard. This allows the tape’s adhesive to do its job better and adhere more fully to the surface it’s being applied to, minimising the amount of paint that seeps under the lip. Use a rag to gently move the tape onto the surface after it has been applied. The tape may be punctured by the surface irregularity on certain rough or bumpy surfaces, but most interior house painting applications have a relatively smooth surface, so this shouldn’t be an issue. The rag helps to distribute the pressure, allowing the adhesive to stick to the surface more completely and avoid paint seepage.
Start brushing and spreading paint next to the tape before painting directly onto the tape while painting the wall with a brush. Brush the paint in-line with the tape line rather than directly onto the tape after you’ve sprayed some paint on the wall next to the tape line. This would minimise the chances of paint seeping under the tape and/or the brush forcing paint under the tape.
There are a couple of tricks to painting with masking tape that are only really applicable to interior house painting but can make a big difference and, I assume, will change most people’s minds about tape. You should paint the same colour of paint onto the tape that the tape is covering before painting the new colour. This will fill in any holes in the tape, ensuring that when you add the new colour, all gaps and paint seepage areas are filled in with the colour underneath.
Another choice is to use caulking in the same way as before. Make a 4:1 mixture of transparent caulking and water and add it to the tape before adding the finish top-coat. Allow for drying time; this fills in the holes and stops paint from seeping under the tape, similar to the double paint coat.
Pull the tape slowly and at a sharp angle away from the painted surface while removing it. Since the paint has yet to dry and form a bond, it’s better to remove the tape while the paint is already wet (after a second coat or if you’re just doing one coat). Always invest in good quality products; some tapes have stronger adhesives or are designed for particular applications; and never be afraid to seek help from a home improvement or paint shop. At these locations, particularly a paint store, you’ll usually find people who are well-versed in the ways of interior house painting.