Author: Kelly Patrick

How do I protect the walls when painting the ceiling?

Painting a room usually starts with the ceiling, but if you aren’t painting the walls, you should drape them using the process we discussed in “how do I protect walls”. The wall may get a few splatters of unwanted paint, but any blemishes should be able to be removed by simply wiping the paint away with a damp towel. When masking surfaces, it is important to use the correct painter’s tape. Having the appropriate tape for the job will help you achieve the best results from your project. And as always, make sure to remove the tape before the...

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How do I protect floors when painting?

In order to protect your floors from spatters and stains, place a protective plastic sheet over the whole surface, covering the floor – corner to corner. If the baseboards don’t need masking, simply tape the edges of the plastic to the floor. If you need to mask baseboards, apply a masking film, and tape the edge to the plastic sheets that are on the floor. Protecting the floor should always be one of the first steps you take when prepping a room for painting. However, in case a stray drop of paint does manage to fall onto your floor,...

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How do I protect the walls when painting?

Protecting surfaces during a paint project can be accomplished by masking them off. It is vital to take your time during this process, to ensure that all your masked-off areas are leak-free. Read on to learn how to protect various surfaces during your next paint project: To protect your walls, stick one end of the 2-inch painter’s tape to the wall, carefully pull about 10 feet of tape from the roll and tear it. In order to insure that the tape doesn’t stick to itself, it is important to tack the end to the wall, and press the top...

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How do I apply painter’s tape in corners?

To apply painter’s tape in corners, start by running the first piece of tape along the baseboard of the wall, through the corner, and up the perpendicular wall. Burnish the tape firmly with a putty knife, then cut along the crease with a sharp utility knife, thus removing the excess tape from the wall. Repeat this process with the adjacent wall, starting about a half-inch away from the corner of the other wall, in order to keep your first tapeline...

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How long can I leave painter’s tape up before painting? After painting?

When it comes to paint projects, it is best to apply and remove painter’s tape in a fairly short time span. However, there are some paint masking tapes that are designed to adhere to surfaces for longer – 3, 8, 21, even 60 days depending on the project and surface. Be sure to check the removal properties of the tape before you select. It is also important to remember that for the best results possible, you will want to remove the painter’s tape while the paint is still wet in order to prevent the paint and tape from bonding....

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