Painting the town red, within the blue lines
September 19, 2010 9:22 AM Subscribe
How do I use painter's tape successfully?
posted by Blazecock Pileon to home & garden (19 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
If I put down blue painter's tape, if I'm lucky the adhesive will stick the tape to the wall. If not, a gap between the tape and wall results and I get paint in that gap.
Even if the tape is stuck to the wall nicely, some paint will invariably creep underneath the tape and I have to spend quite some time doing painfully careful touch-up work to try to mask the uneven spots. (I have shaky hands and am uncoordinated to begin with, and so this is additional work is difficult for me to complete without messing up the paint job even further.)
I have been using foam rollers for covering large areas, and a small brush for corners and other tight spots. I am using interior latex paint.
How can I use this tape with greater success, or change my painting techniques with the rollers and brushes, so that I can put down the requisite two or three coats whilst minimizing bleed-through? Thanks for your advice.