3 Smart Tips For Taping Off The Room For Paint Projects

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If you decide to tackle the painting process on your own, you must master the art of prep work to achieve excellent results. Your success in taping off the room directly influences the final appearance of the paintjob. Appropriate tape application and removal controls the paint lines and eliminates splatter on otherwise unpainted surfaces. Once you master taping off, you can complete nearly any paint project in your home, from one color coverage to intricately designed accent walls. Here are three tips to help you master the fine art of taping off the room.  

Don't Press The Edges Down

For quick and easy removal of the tape upon completion of the painting job, you need to leave the outside edge unattached. As you tape around trim, doorframes and windows, resist the urge to press the floating edge around the side of the protected surface.

The floating edge will catch paint drips and direct them away from the trim boards or other unpainted surfaces. Furthermore, at the end of the job, you will not have to peel the tape off the surface with your nail. You can simply grab the open end and lift the paint off the surface with one smooth movement.  

Verify Edge Seal With Nail

Once you finish taping off the room, you will need to make sure the masking tape does not have any breaches in its connection points. If the tape has any air bubbles or uneven sections, it could allow paint to drip underneath, ruining the finish of that surface. Since the tape hides the drips, you would not even notice the problem until the paint soaks in and dries. You can verify the tape is securely connected by running your fingernail over the masked edge next to the wall.

Remove Before The Paint Dries

After you finish applying all of the paint coats, walk around the room and check for thickly coated areas threatening to drip. Upon verifying the paint is evenly applied and not at risk of dripping off the wall or ceiling surface, you must remove all of the masking tape at once. If you wait for the paint to dry before removing the tape, it will often tear pieces of dried paint off the wall with its removal. Instead, while the paint is still wet, you can carefully pull the tape off the protected surface and away from the wall for a clean removal.

If you grow frustrated with mastering paint prep work, you can choose to assign the taping and painting tasks to your general contractor.  These skilled professionals can use their skills to tape off the room, paint and unmask all of the surfaces to create the finish you wish to achieve. Speak with professionals like Taylor Construction Co. for more information.

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