One of the first steps to any paint job is making. Masking is one of the most important steps because it can ensure that your paint job comes out looking professional and clean. Our staff at Proview Home Services has the knowledge and expertise to provide a professional and clean paint job. Whether you are painting walls, doors, or window frames it is important that your job is completed neatly and precisely. In order to help you with this, we have compiled a list of the top 6 masking tips for applying painters tape to any surface.
Making a mistake while painting is easy to do and hard to fix. Be sure that you keep these 6 tips handy on your next painting job, or call us at 678-608-0698 today to set up a no hassle appointment for a free estimate. You can also schedule an appointment online by filling out our online estimate form today.
1. Clean Moulding Before Applying Patiners tape
Because moldings stick out from your wall, it often traps some dust on top. Even the stickiest masking tape won't stay put when applied to a dusty surface. You can save yourself time and frustration if you start your next masking job by cleaning off these surfaces with a damp rag.
2. Press Down On The Tape To Ensure A Good Bond
After you apply the painter's tape you can take a small putty knife or ruler and press down on the edges of the surface it was applied to. This will ensure a solid seal along the edges of the tape. This prevents paint seepage and can aid in the clean removal of the tape once you have finished painting.
3. How To Apply Painters Tape In A Corner
When masking along the corners you can achieve a perfect corner masking by first over taping the edge. Once you have taped over the corner and up onto the wall, you can take a box cutter style knife and cut smoothly along the edge to ensure a perfect fit. Repeat these steps for the other direction and you will then have a perfect masking job along the corner.
4. Removing Painters Tape Without Damaging The New Paint
During the removal process it can be easy to peel off too much paint and leave spots that then later need to be touched up. In order to prevent this, you can use a putty knife or box cutter to score the edge of the masking tape where the tape meets the paint. This will ensure a clean line and better-looking paint job.
5. Masking Windows For Painting
There is a foolproof way for you to paint your windows without painting the glass. First, you must line the tape over the edge of where you wish your masking to end. Once you have done this you can use a box cutter to cut the tape right on the edge of the frame. This will ensure that your tape goes slightly below the edge of the framing, protecting your glass from the paint. Once this is complete along all of the edges finish masking the rest of the glass pane to completely protect it.
6. Apply Your Painters Tape With A Flexible Putty Knife
A flexible putty knife is an essential tool for applying painter's tape. It's better than a rigid blade for sealing the edges, cutting the tape square and scoring corners because it conforms to uneven surfaces better and you can put more pressure on the end without tearing or scraping away the tape.
7. Choose The Right Pinters Table For The Job
There are times when a budget friendly product will perform just as well as the expensive product. But cheap painters tape is no bargain. If you are going to go through all of the trouble of masking, you want a tape that will seal tightly while still being able to be removed easily. For general masking Scotch-Blue is available from just about anywhere. This tape will work for just about any masking job with very little headache compared to some of the bargain bin brands.