Painting Tips – Perfect Edges Every Time

My son-in-law, Brandon, showed me this amazing trick for painting a perfect trim on baseboards, around doorways, and ceilings.

I have tried every masking tape imaginable.  I’ve tried sealing the tape with a credit card, I’ve tried painting “away” from the tape.  Then I  take the tape off and the paint has seeped onto the part that I was taping off and DIDN’T want the paint to get onto!  GRRRR…. so frustrating…and I’m VERY finicky when it comes to a perfect edge on my baseboards and ceilings.

So here is my trick:

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DAP Calking!
This stuff works like a charm.
You’ll want to make sure it is FLEXIBLE, PAINTABLE, and QUICK DRYING.

Using Blue Masking Tape, tape off all of the areas that you DON’T want paint on.
Remember, your line will be as straight as your tape is!
Get it as straight as you can.

Next, you will have to cut the tip of the calking tube.
Make sure that you don’t cut too far down (the farther down you cut, the larger the hole gets).
Also, make sure that you cut on a diagonal.
You will also need a calking gun which is in the same aisle that the calking is.
I put a nail into the tip when I’m not using the calking.
This way it doesn’t dry out.

Now you are ready to apply your calking along the edge of your tape.

Using your “pointy finger” smooth the calking down, sealing the tape
and making sure that it is also on the wall.
Sorry ladies, but long fingernails won’t work.
I used to get my daughter to do it for me!!!

Now you are ready to paint!
Remember that your calking is going to be wet.
Using the brush, make sure that you keep the calking “smooth”.

Now you are ready to peel back your tape.
You will want to do this right away! Don’t let your calking dry!

Ahhh…. perfect every time.

One last trick…before you start your painting job, take a large nail and make holes all the way around the inner rim of the can (about 1 in apart).  This way, the paint drains into the can instead of drying in the rim making it difficult to keep the lid on tight!

Hope this helps with your next painting job!

Do you have any tips and tricks for making a paint job easier???


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