Good advice. And ignore the macho stuff about not needing the tape and just
learning how to cut in perfectly - they either 1) are painting pros or 2) are
satisfied with results you probably wouldn't be. Pro painters often can't wait
for the ceiling or trim paint to dry, and get LOTS of practice at it. And I've
seen many DIY cut-in jobs folks have pointed to proudly, that make me wince. So
I use the blue tape and take my time about it. Go with what works for *you*.
When applying, make sure the bond is good on the very edge toward to new
painting, but don't push the whole tape down more than needed to apply it as a
shield. Remove blue tape slooowly.
If you waited 24 hours, you must have either applied the ceiling paint too
thickly, or it's really humid where you are. But, yes, the key is to let the
paint cure some, not just dry.
Tape jobs make ME wince. They always result in crappy looking lines (there
is one way to get tape to work, but it's a lot of trouble and not applicable
It's not that big a deal. If you can't learn to paint without tape, you're
just ignorant and lazy. It's about the right brush and the right technique.
Anyone can learn to do it in about 10 minutes. Practice on a piece of
cardboard box. Or, if you'd rather. practice above a door against the trim.
No one can see the line up there.
If you don't know the technique, just ask. But don't call it "macho" just
because you're clueless.
Paint the trim first. When painting the walls, cut in around the trim just
like you do at the ceiling. It's *much* easier to get a straight, steady edge
when painting a wall next to the trim, than when painting the trim next to the
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
The old advice used to be to do doors and trim last so's splatter
doesn't get on them, but I haven't listened to anyone's advice for about
30 years :o) I do doors and trim first, and always use alkyd semigloss.
By letting it cure before I do the walls, it is safe to tape and easy
to wipe off any splatters. Always sand gunk and piled up paint out of
the joint, caulk cracks, so when I tape the tape will lie flat. I hate
the prep work but I am fanatic about doing it because I want it to last.
I loathe latex paint on trim and doors because it is impossible to
sand when it is time to paint again, it dings easily and stains easily.
Just got back from a trip to daughter's; removed wallpaper in bathroom
in my spare time whilst kids work. This bath had border all around,
border on the outside of the glass shower door, and cut-out wallpaper
flowers on the tile!!!!!! I'm surprised they didn't cover the windows.
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