Tuesday, November 27, 2007

How about masking tape.

As a painting contractor, I go into homes where people have used masking tape thinking it would give them nice clean lines but really just made things look ugly.

So how do you apply masking tape so not to leave an ugly, messy job? Well first, start with a clean surface. Once you have cleaned the area, look to see if the area is smooth. If the area is rough, believe me you will never achieve a clean line. If the area is very rough, you would do better to cut the line in free hand. If you have a clean smooth surface, what you want to do next is apply the tape as straight as possible and with the least amount of pieces connected together. Now take a dull knife or metal tool of some sort and seal only the first 1/8 inch area closest to the line you want to leave. Reseal this tape line as you paint, because tape has a tendency to become loose after a few minutes.It is always a good idea to check your work as you go along to make sure the paint is not sneaking under the tape. If you have a rough area to mask sometimes it helps to run a bead of caulk over the area and smooth it out. Be sure to let the caulking dry for at least 48 hours before applying tape. Another good idea is pull the yape off before the paint dries. Happy painting.
John Howell

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