One of many reasons I prefer trim to have a clear hard finish, that can
outlast multiple paint jobs. Just mask and paint. But to address the
original question, I have seen pro painters cut in the baseboard in a
carpeted office using a metal shield the slips under the baseboard-
paint a couple feet, slide down, and repeat. But with most things like
this, experience makes a big difference- I could never do it, I'd always
have a dribble off the trailing end from applying too much paint.
On 4/5/2011 2:05 PM, hr(bob) email@example.com wrote:
Ditto that. I have used them and, other than a couple of tiny smudges,
got no paint on the carpet. Snipping off the end of a thread takes care
of that, unless it is Berber...in which case one thread might ravel all
the way across the carpet.
I've used masking tape with the sticky side against the carpet. Shove it
under with a putty knife, paint, and remove the tape when the paint is just
past tacky. The putty knife can also be used to make sure the tape doesn't
pull the paint.
Tip: Don't try to remove the nails - pull them through. If you hammer them
out the way they came in, you'll often punch out a substantial hunk of wood.
If you have lots of baseboard pieces (several doors involved for instance),
number the pieces on the back.
So, then, removing the baseboards is an excellent way to easily recondition
them - fill in the dings, sand, prime, re-paint, etc. With the baseboards
out of the way, painting the walls is easier too.
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