I am looking to paint a stripe approx 6 inches depth around a room on to
white emulsioned walls. I will be using masking tape, but in the past the
edges have not
always been as sharp as I would like, has anybody got any tips, should you
wait until dry to remove tape??
The genreal advice is to take the tape off when the paint is wet to avoid
lifing off the edge of the now dry paint. I think the problem you have has
in the past is the paint 'leaking' under the edge of the masking tape -
bound to happen with a combination to paper masking and a water based
paint - eg emulsion. You can either use a tape which sticks down well at
the edges, or a thicker possibly oil based paint.
I have done this successfully with 'gloss' type paints.
If you look at the conventional masking tape under a magnifier you will see
its all bitty with flax,the most suitable is easy peel packing tape(light
brown in colour) and about 2 or 3 inches wide this has a perfect cut edge
but must be peeled of straight after the paint has almost dried.
tripod. I placed it in centre of my sons room and it placed a nice straight
red line round the room. Not suitable in old wonky houses as my mate found
out the line was 2cm higher at one end of the room as the floor was not
level. As for fixing masking tape I tried
1. Just following the red line, quite hard as your hands/body/head gets in
2. Using the laser line to tape a 1m rule to the wall and using this edge to
align the tape to. Quite easy.
3. Just apply the tape overlapping red line, then use the 1m rule, red line
and very sharp knife to carefully trim the tape.
In all cases I used a wallpaper seam roller to "pummell" the tape to the
wall to prevent paint seeping under.I also went round painting the edges of
the masking tape first, in the direction so as as to not force paint inder
the tape and then applied the main bulk of paint. Remove tape when paint is
wet though in my some tape did not get removed until paint was dry and the
edge did not appear to suffer to much.
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