Painting the inside of your home is one of the most manageable home renovations. You can do it yourself, even if you don't have any particular painting skills or experience. In reality, the hardest part of the job is painting straight, clean edges. Professional painters from a company like Terry McGill, Inc. will often do this freehand because they are able to paint nights straight lines without tape. However, if you have never done this, you'll definitely need to use tape. Unfortunately, painter's tape doesn't always give you a perfect line, especially when using it on textured drywall surfaces. This article explains the best way to tape off a drywall surface using spackling paste for a stronger line.
Using Painter's Tape
You can find painter's tape that is only 3/4" wide. However, if you use a wider tape, like 2", you can make the job a little easier and better prevent spills. Applying the tape is the easiest part, but it can be a little rough on your fingers. You need to firmly rub the tape down to make sure it won't peel up.
Adding Spackling Paste to Your Tape
Once all the tape is down, you want to get out the spackling paste. The key is to rub the spackling paste just over to the side of the tape that you are going to paint. You don't need to put too much on, and you can just use your finger to spread it. Wear latex gloves to protect your fingertips. In fact, you just want to rub it on and push it into the line because this will cause the paste to fill in any gaps forming along the tape line. The paste shouldn't noticeably change the texture of your wall. It is kind of like you're rubbing it on and then rubbing it off.
You can basically now paint over the tape without fear of any seepage or bleeding. In fact, you don't even need to wait for the spackle to dry completely before painting.
Later, when you pull the tape away, you will have a much cleaner line. This is a nice and simple technique that will make your entire paint job look better. It might add a few hours to your paint job, but is is worth it if you want an overall more professional looking paint job. If your edges are clean, the rest of your walls will look so much better.Share
10 November 2016
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