Painting tip:Tape for Trim

I will always have the blue tape for trimming, large drop cloths and a STEADY hand!! What do you like to do?
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  • William William on Feb 13, 2017
    Former homebuilder and remodeler for 20+ years. I don't tape off trim. I use a good sash brush, dip about 1/4' in paint. Lay the brush just slightly away from the trim at a 45 degree angle. Move the brush and creep into the trim. Paint will not go on the trim.

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    • Dolores DeLuise Dolores DeLuise on Feb 16, 2017
      Theduke: You're right. Don't say "just a woman," please!!! Women can paint as well as or better than men. There's always a difference when painters don't use tape. I've had several confrontations with painters in my home because I insisted they use tape. I do this because of past experience--and it costs me money, not them, when they have to do it over. I'm sure there are some that don't need to, but not in my house.

  • William William on Feb 13, 2017
    Don't get me wrong! There many that need aides. Why else is painters made. Many Hometalkers use painters tape. I must admit, I do use painters tape when painting furniture. Not many sharp corners. Your tip is good for a lot of members. Some don't think about it until.....OOPS =:)

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Feb 14, 2017
    These are great, thanks!!!

  • Deb Deb on Feb 14, 2017
    I like to keep a damp rag with me to wipe off any drips that inevitably happen. It's so much easier to get it off when it's wet than wait till it dries. I really like the blue painter's tape, also.

  • Wendy Miller Wendy Miller on Feb 14, 2017
    I used to tape. Still use tape on some stuff.
    I keep a damp rag with me, wipe as I mess up (which tends to be a lot). Use a linoleum knife wrapped in a damp rag to for clean lines.
    Hard for me to find tape that doesn't allow paint to bleed. Even tried the expesive Frog tape.

    • Dolores DeLuise Dolores DeLuise on Feb 16, 2017
      Yeah, frog, schmog. I've seen on TV that if you paint a strip of glaze first where you're going to tape, it prevents bleeding. I haven't tried it yet.

  • BJ Lyn BJ Lyn on Feb 16, 2017
    Crazy, I know, but I use a small, flat, 1 inch art brush for all the detail work.

    • Joanie Joanie on Feb 16, 2017
      BJ: Not crazy!! I used to be able NOT to tape, when I had a steady hand, but the older ya get, that steadiness seems to go away. :()()()

  • Wendy Miller Wendy Miller on Feb 17, 2017
    I am usually painting walls and baseboards, that's a lot of glaze, lol.

  • Wendy Miller Wendy Miller on Feb 17, 2017
    i have found that if I paint the trim first, it is easier to cut in with the wall color.

    • Int2363025 Int2363025 on Feb 17, 2017
      You are right on track (this coming from a professional painter) the correct way to paint is trim first. Walls last....oops forgot!,! Ceiling first, trim second, walls last!