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Tips On How To Keep Paint From Bleeding Under Painter’s and Masking Tape

Tips On How To Keep Paint From Bleeding Under Painter’s and Masking Tape

Imagine you are anticipating painting the family room in your home. You are thinking, the two colors you picked out, neutral beige for the walls and off-white for the trim, will create a sophisticated ambiance.

You have planned for everything and have all your tools in place, this include brushes, rollers, cans of paint, tape and a drop cloth.

After you have painted the trim works, you seal the regions around them thoroughly with tape and proceed to paint the ceiling and walls.

Later on, after the coats of paint have dried, you are now ready for the great reveal. Gingerly, taking your time in peeling back the tape, you discover the beige color has seeped under areas of the tape, resulting in jagged lines and marred trim work. How frustrating!

You can avoid a scenario like this by following our simple tips below…

Preventing Paint From Bleeding Under Masking & Painter’s Tape

*Make sure to purchase quality tape…We prefer painter’s over regular masking tape because it is the best for sealing and the adhesion properties are excellent. It is designed for easy removal, without skinning the paint off surfaces.

If you must use masking tape, make sure it is top-grade.

*Place your tape in the position where the trim and walls meet. Pull about 10 inches of tape from the roll and began pressing it down the length of the piece with your index finger. Make sure it has no air bubble or puckering that could result in paint bleeding through; tear the tape off the roll.

You will repeat this process around all the parts you want to cover.

*Next, you will use latex caulk to apply a thin line in the seams where the trim and the areas that you are going to paint intersect.

*Using a flexible putty knife, smooth and seal the edges of the tape, by running the knife along and near the surface you intend to paint. This technique will result in the caulk producing a barrier that cannot be penetrated, as well as help in removing the excess sealant.

By the way, as you extend the length of the tape, make sure not to press too hard with the putty knife because the tape could crinkle or rip.

*After the tape is in place, start painting the areas around the trim, first with light strokes, making sure the brush or roller is not loaded up with paint, extend the color out to the unpainted areas and continue.

*When the coats of paint are set, you can remove the tape and should see unblemished clean lines.

About Perkins Painting, LLC LLC

After serving the area for almost 30 years, our highly skilled contractors have had plenty of experience in applying their trade to the interiors and exteriors of many homes, as well as some commercial sites.

For those living in and around the Central Connecticut and Farmington Valley area, do not hesitate to contact us at Perkins Painting, LLC LLC if your residence is in need of a paint job.

Our friendly staff will be able to assist you and answer all of your questions.

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