How To Properly Use Masking Tape

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Masking Tape: Tips And Tricks

Masking tape is a must when painting your home interior – and getting the perfect finish and clean lines can be frustrating! Depending upon your experience with how painting works, you may or may not be aware of the best way to get the job done. A good painting job looks neat, with clean lines, no smudges, and refreshes your room. Find out how to use masking tape to achieve this here!

Cover Trim

Painting the interior home painting can be a difficult job, and it goes beyond just splashing paint on the walls with a paint brush. Trim has to be complementary to your walls, look clean, and get just as much attention as your walls.

While preparing to paint the walls, if you are keeping your trim the same color you will need to prevent the trim from being painted. You will have to put masking tape over the trim so it does not get the other paint color on it. This way if your paint drips, runs, or splashes you do not have to re-do the trim as well.  Make sure the edge of the masking tape is snugly fit against the edge of the trim and flush with the wall. Any gaps will let paint through!

In addition to trim – you will need to apply masking tape to your baseboards. These can be a bit trickier as they frame your floor and can have gaps of their own. Also – paint can run down the wall and accumulate in large drips by the time it reaches your baseboards causing a mess.

Having the right tools and good advice will help you use masking tape properly and get a great result
Having the right tools and good advice will help you use masking tape properly and get a great result

Applying Masking Tape

While the use of tape requires care and precision – applying it is actually quite simple. Start in a corner and work straight to the next corner. When applying masking tape, keep around 8 inches of tape in front of the tape you are putting down to guarantee it does not pull on what is currently applied and mess up your clean lines.

Along the edge, keep pressing down the tape up until you reach the next corner. You’ll see there is still tape that requires to be pushed down and made flat. Carefully fold over the rest of the masking tape down onto the front of the trim or baseboards to make sure that no splatter gets on them.

Final Painting Tips

One of the most important masking tape tips is to never use basic white or yellow masking tape! These tapes are made to be too sticky for proper painting use! This is a common mistake made by eager DIYers! Always use masking tape specifically made for painting, which comes off easily and still leaves clean lines.

Also – make sure you do not remove the tape too early! Allow enough time in your project for the paint to dry a minimum of over night to avoid anything slowly dripping. Wait until your wall is completely dry to remove your tape and you will have a beautifully done wall!

Despite having all the facts, it can be easier and quicker to call a professional home interior painting company. Calling a professional company will guarantee a great paint job! Professionals also advise on color choice, and keep your home free of paint messes and drips.

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