Painter’s Tape Tips
Have you ever wondered how professional painters, like New Approach Painting, can achieve such amazing painting results in such a short time?
Our quality comes from years of experience and diligent practice of painting techniques that are supplemented by a few special tips. These tips save time and increase the quality of the resulting finish.
We’re happy to share some of our painting tips so you can tackle a simple room yourself (and leave the tricky ones for us!).
Painter’s Tape Tip
It’s common knowledge that if you lack a steady hand, painter’s tape will help you achieve a straight line. We not only use tape to create razor-straight colour borders, we also use it to protect baseboards from roller spatter, should a drop sheet slide away from the wall.
We recommend that you tape your baseboards, pressing the tape down only at the top edge of the baseboard. This will leave the tape flat and protruding out from the wall at ninety degrees — providing extra insurance against drips and splatters, and making it easy to remove the tape when the project is complete.
November Pro Tip
New Approach Painting’s number one rule for professional-looking results with painter’s tape is: SEAL YOUR TAPE.
Have you ever noticed that paint will bleed underneath the edge of any kind of tape — even the expensive kind that claims to contain special paint-blocking technology?
We know that it’s frustrating to take the time to apply painter’s tape, only to see that the paint bled underneath it anyway.
Simple physics dictates that unless the wall is smooth enough, at the molecular level so that the tape’s adhesive can fill it one hundred per cent, the tiny molecules of liquid paint will leak under the sharp tape line to create an ugly mess called tape bleed.
At New Approach Painting, we have developed a technique that can be used with any brand or quality of tape.
Here are the steps to ensure your painter’s tape is effective:
#1- Press the tape edge into the gap firmly with your fingers for a curved or caulked edge, or use a painter’s tool for a sharp ninety-degree edge for an uncaulked baseboard or wall.
#2- Once your room is taped, take out your brush and topcoat paint. Load your brush with paint, but then extract almost all of it back into the can, so your brush is almost completely dry.
#3- Using this almost-dry brush, use quick strokes to push whatever paint you can into the tape edge where it meets the surface to be painted.
Applying this very thin layer of paint in the V between the tape edge and the wall will create surface tension from the wall and help to keep the tape edge in place. Because this thin layer of paint is spread over such a large surface area, it will dry quickly, before it can bleed under!
Now you can cut in your room normally — and when it’s time to remove the tape, you’ll see a razor-sharp tape line.
Next time you undertake a small painting project to freshen up a bedroom, try out this painter’s tape tip. You’ll be proud of your professional-looking results!
For more painting information, and to schedule your next painting project, contact New Approach Painting.