How to properly paint base boards and trim?


my husband and I have been painting our base boards and trim in our house. I have to use painters tape because I am an impatient sloppy painter. We painted then let it dry, pulled the tape off and as the tape was coming off it took more paint off the base board than it should have. How do u prevent this from happening?

Also, we have dark brown molding and are painting it white. We bought 2 different types of primer and a good paint from Lowe’s and it’s still taking several coats of paint to not see it. We have done the same boards 5-6 times. We need help!?!?! Thanks!

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  • SMama Gfc SMama Gfc on Sep 08, 2018

    Clean the mold with vinegar,teatree oil,or bleach,let dry. (It may need to be lightly sanded with fine sand paper if it really dark)then cover the mold with kinslers or kilz paint specifically for mold.Let dry completely (no tacky touch).You should be ok to go on with the color you chose for the room.We just had this issue,be sure to figure out why the mold is growing first and fix the problem so u don't put all this work into it just returning.Happy painting😊

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Sep 08, 2018

    Sanding will help the brown molding and Frog tape (green) is suppose to prevent paint removal but I have not used yet.

  • Maura White Maura White on Sep 08, 2018

    Use a putty knife or razor blade to score along the edge of the tape before you pull it off, and be sure paint is fully dry before you try to pull it off. That should help! I don't have a better idea that what you are already doing for going from dark brown to white. :(

  • Lynette Elliott Lynette Elliott on Sep 08, 2018

    I’ve done this many times. You should pull the tape BEFORE the paint dries. Try a small patch and see. If you let it dry, it dries to the tape and wall and will break off making a jagged mess.

  • Joanne lueke Joanne lueke on Sep 08, 2018

    Use green Frog tape when taping the wall along the baseboards and trim, and use your finger or a credit card to burnish (seal) the tape to the wall next to the trim. That helps prevent seepage of the paint under the tape and onto the wall. Pull the tape before the paint on the baseboard is dry, in an upward and outward motion. If you wait until the paint is dry, any paint that has been applied that overlaps the tape and the baseboard will pull the paint off the baseboard.

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Sep 08, 2018

    Here is a video that might help -

  • Julie Aldebol Julie Aldebol on Sep 08, 2018

    Thank you for all the tips. We will keep our fingers crossed and hope it turns out!

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