I know - it should be done before the carpet goes down, but in one room, I
don't have a choice at the moment. Anyone have any amazing tricks to avoid
getting paint on the carpet while painting the molding? I've already
imagined some schemes with the blue tape, but I'm open to new ideas, or to
someone else doing the job. (Teenage son says "Me?")
If your paint is molding you have a moisture problem. Is the carpet
wet? Is this a poured concrete floor. You got water leaking in
somewhere. You will need to find the leak and fix it. After that,
use some KILZ to stop the mold after scrubbing the area first.
I've had good luck using the widest drywall mud knife I can find. I slip
that under the molding, over the carpet and paint a short section.
Important to wipe the knife off before inserting it for the next section and
not to paint too close to the either end of the blade. They also make a
long knife similar to this for wall papering that is suppose to be good for
this but I've had no luck with one of those as it doesn't stick out far
enough from the molding when inserted and paint gets all over it and then on
the carpet when re inserted. Also the mud knife has a much longer handle
making it easier to use.
i use a gloss coated cardboard (like the boxes shirts come in) and cut
these in strips. i slide them under the moulding around the entire
perimiter and paint away. affer a couple of coats i score the area
where the card board meets the moulding and remove. a bit more prep
time but flawless every time. beats wiping off a putty knife each time
i remove it.
Good idea. There's a box store nearby that sells white gift boxes - the kind
they give you at department stores around christmas. Sounds like the same
thing, and much cheaper than going out and buying 26 shirts. :-)
Two ways that have worked for me:
Slide some aluminum flashing between the rug and the molding; paint and
remove flashing when paint dries.
Or remove molding paint it outside and replace when paint dries
I just went through this. Use two inch wide blue masking tape. Place
it as close as you can to the moulding and then press it down hard. Use a
wide putty knife or equivalent to really press it down right next to the
moulding. I actually let a tiny bit of tape overlap the moulding since it
would be pulled off the moulding and onto the carpeting when I used the
knife. The idea is to cover the carpet and press it down enough so that it
stays down just a bit with the tape on it. After the paint dries and you
pull up the tape, you will see two things. The first is that the carpet
will spring back to just above the bottom of the painted area so you won't
be able to see any line. The second is that the carpet will be cleaner
where the tape was as the tape will have pulled up any dirt.
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