Painting Trim

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Even the stickiest masking tape won't stay put if you apply it to a dusty, dirty surface. You'll save yourself a lot of time and frustration if you start everymasking job by cleaning the moldings or the wall to which you're applying the tape.Usually a thorough dusting with a damp rag is all that's required. But if thesurface is greasy, you'll have to wash it with a detergent solution. TSP-PF(phosphate free), available at home centers and paint stores, is the go-todetergent for most painters…

Tips for How to Use Painter’s Tape

Apply painters tape faster and more effectively so you can get started painting sooner and make fewer mistakes.

Ideally you would remove masking tape right away, while the paint is still wet. But in reality this isn't practical. In the first place, most water-based paint dries pretty fast. By the time you're through paintinga room, the paint where you started is already starting to dry. And if you have to apply a second coat of paint, you certainly don't want to remove the tape and then have to reapply it. The solution is to let the paint dry completely. Then score the edge of the tape with a putty…

Tips for How to Use Painter’s Tape

Apply painters tape faster and more effectively so you can get started painting sooner and make fewer mistakes.

Don't Paint the Carpet - Painting baseboard trim where itadjoins carpeting can be awfullymessy. Using a metal paint shieldoften smears the paint. Here's a solutionthat always works. Place strips of2-in. wide masking tape on the carpetalong the baseboard, with oneedge of the tape extended up about1/2 in. onto the baseboard. Then tuckthis extended edge down between thebaseboard and the carpeting with aputty knife. Paint the trim in theentire room, and when it's dry, justpull up the tape.

Trim Paint Tips for Smooth, Perfect Results!

Our best tips for painting trim perfectly. You'll learn how to trim paint like an expert!

Painting baseboard trim where itadjoins carpeting can be awfullymessy. Using a metal paint shieldoften smears the paint. Here's a solutionthat always works. Place strips of2-in. wide masking tape on the carpetalong the baseboard, with oneedge of the tape extended up about1/2 in. onto the baseboard. Then tuckthis extended edge down between thebaseboard and the carpeting with aputty knife. Paint the trim in theentire room, and when it's dry, justpull up the tape.

Trim Paint Tips for Smooth, Perfect Results!

Our best tips for painting trim perfectly. You'll learn how to trim paint like an expert!

Several things can go wrong when it comes time to remove painter's tape. If you wait too long, the adhesive on the tape will harden and remain stuck to the woodwork. Or if the paint sets but isn't completely dry, some of the wall paint may peel off along with the tape. Here are solutions to some common problems:If you're a procrastinator or slow painter, choose tape that's designed to be left on for several days. Scotch No. 2090 is one brand that uses a slow-hardening adhesive so it can be…

Tips for How to Use Painter’s Tape

Apply painters tape faster and more effectively so you can get started painting sooner and make fewer mistakes.

Position a hand-held bulb (at least 60 watts) so it shines across (rakes) the wood surface to detect loose paint, rough edges and other blemishes in the surface to determine what needs to be filled. Take a pencil and lightly circle spots that need work.

Trim Paint Tips for Smooth, Perfect Results!

Our best tips for painting trim perfectly. You'll learn how to trim paint like an expert!

Use 320-grit sandpaper over all filled areas to flatten and feather them out. Dust off the sanded areas with an old paint brush, and vacuum with a brush attachment. Finish by wiping down the wood with a damp cloth if using water-based paint or a tack cloth if using oil-based paint. Spot-prime filled areas, especially if you're using gloss or semigloss paint, or else the paint will be dull in filled areas.

Trim Paint Tips for Smooth, Perfect Results!

Our best tips for painting trim perfectly. You'll learn how to trim paint like an expert!

After you apply painter's tape, make sure to press down the edge to seal it.Otherwise paint is sure to seepunder the edge of the tape. A flexibleputty knife works great. Start atone end of your tape run and pull theblade along the tape while applyingdownward pressure. Tilt the puttyknife blade slightly so you're applyingpressure right along the edge ofthe tape.

Tips for How to Use Painter’s Tape

Apply painters tape faster and more effectively so you can get started painting sooner and make fewer mistakes.

To apply painter's tape quickly and precisely,without any special tools, sticka few inches of tape to themolding and unroll about 6more inches. Whileyou hold the roll of tape tightagainst the wall, rotate it downto stick this section of tape andrepeat the process. It takes a bitof practice, but mastering thistechnique will dramaticallyincrease your masking speedand accuracy.

Tips for How to Use Painter’s Tape

Apply painters tape faster and more effectively so you can get started painting sooner and make fewer mistakes.

The right tool improves the sanding job: A folded sheet and finger pressure work great for most areas. A rubber sanding block is comfortable to grip, works well with feathering and lets you apply more even pressure in stubborn areas like windowsills.A sanding sponge or pad conforms readily to curves and crevices.

Trim Paint Tips for Smooth, Perfect Results!

Our best tips for painting trim perfectly. You'll learn how to trim paint like an expert!

Once paint is dry, you can’t just pull the tape off the trim. Paint forms a film between the wall and the tape, and removing the tape tears pieces of dried paint off the wall. So before pulling off the tape, cut it loose. Wait for the paint to completely dry at least 24 hours, then use a sharp utility knife or box cutter knife to slice through the film. Start in an inconspicuous area to make sure the paint is hard enough to slice cleanly. If you cut the paint while it’s still gummy, you’ll…

Trim Paint Tips for Smooth, Perfect Results!

Our best tips for painting trim perfectly. You'll learn how to trim paint like an expert!

For small, tight areas, scrape with a 1-1/2-in. flexible putty knife. Use a pushing motion to go under the paint, working from an area of loose paint to an area where paint is firmly adhered. This bevels the remaining paint layers to make a smooth transition between damaged and undamaged areas, and it renews the details in the wood.

Trim Paint Tips for Smooth, Perfect Results!

Our best tips for painting trim perfectly. You'll learn how to trim paint like an expert!

Extending the painter's tape with a piece of3-in. masking paper is all that's needed toprotect the woodwork from most rollerspatter and drips. Three-inch paper is idealbecause it'll stand straight out. Widerpaper may seem like a better idea, but it'llsag and won't provide as much protection.And since the 3-in. paper doesn't sag,you'll still be able to close doors withoutthe paper getting in the way. Apply 3-in. paper along the top trim of windows and doors and along the baseboard. Don't…

Tips for How to Use Painter’s Tape

Apply painters tape faster and more effectively so you can get started painting sooner and make fewer mistakes.

It's easy to get a perfect fit on inside corners with this simple technique.Start by running the first piece of tape up the wall, making it a little long. Press the tape down into the corner with a putty knife. Then cut along the crease with a sharp utility knife and remove the cutoff piece. Now you don't have to be so careful with the next piece.

Tips for How to Use Painter’s Tape

Apply painters tape faster and more effectively so you can get started painting sooner and make fewer mistakes.

If you're painting spray texturing a ceiling, draping lightweight plastic sheetingis the best way to protect your walls. Here's a quick and easyway to hang the plastic. Use 1-1/2-in.-wide painter's tape with medium to high holding strength. Press the top edge down, but leave the bottom loose. It should curl up slightly to expose the sticky underside. Stick the edge of the lightweight plastic sheeting to the tape and let it hang to the floor. You don't need to tuck the plastic underneath the…

Tips for How to Use Painter’s Tape

Apply painters tape faster and more effectively so you can get started painting sooner and make fewer mistakes.

A flexible putty knife is an essential tool for applying painter's tape. It's better than a rigid blade for sealing the edges, cutting the tape square and scoring corners because it conforms to uneven surfaces better and you can put more pressure on the end without tearing or scraping away the tape.

Tips for How to Use Painter’s Tape

Apply painters tape faster and more effectively so you can get started painting sooner and make fewer mistakes.