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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  1. What a great idea! I have alot of painting. Omin up & am so excited to try this. The taping off takes the most time, I am sure caulking will add some, but atleast it will be perfect e dry time! Thanks for sharing, I will let you know how it goes!

  2. This is the PERFECT tip! Thank you so much! I am about to paint the front hallway and I may have to try this!


  3. Great tip! I’ll be keeping this in mind for sure! Thanks…xo wendy

  4. Great painting tips. I never get a straight line! Thanks for linking up to STL Wednesday!

  5. These are awesome tips! I would have never thought to put caulking down! We really appreciate you linking this up to our party! Our readers will really enjoy this post!

  6. Fantastic tips!!! Even the holes in the rims… GENIUS!!

    I hope you’re going to link it up on my blog 🙂

  7. Genius!!!! I’ll be highlighting this one! Thanks so much for sharing a tip {that will have everyone who paints sighing with relief} at the Kiss & Tell party over at I Gotta Create!

  8. Mandy my friend….You’re in the artist talent album on Facebook this morning, and this will go on the Blog on Tuesday. LOVE this tip!! <3

  9. Wow – that’s a great technique.

    Quick question: Let’s say you’re taping and painting a small room. Is it best to do the caulk trick one wall at a time, or will it stay wet long enough to do the whole room at once?

    • Hi Jimmy – I always do one wall at a time. Of course it depends on the temperature of the room, the size of the room and how fast of a painter you are!!!
      I have noticed that if I wait too long, when I pull the tape off the caulking is not smooth.

  10. Featuring you this morning over on my blog! Thank you so much for sharing at {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @

  11. Paula-Riverton Housewives says:

    Awesome tip!! We are going to be painting a bunch of rooms soon and this will really help! I’d love if you shared this at our party!

  12. This is super helpful. Thanks! I have just pinned this. Thanks for the linky too BTW! Vicky from Mess For Less

  13. Shirley Lupton says:

    Does it make any difference if your wood work is not white? Will it leave a white line?

    • Nope, won’t make a bit of difference. Just remember to use your calking sparingly. You just want enough to seal the tape on the wall. Remember that the calking is paintable. You want your tape on the wall you are NOT painting. Your calking goes on the wall you ARE painting. Good luck! I’d love to hear how it goes.

  14. Thank you!! I start my next painting job next weekend. We loved having you link up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday!” We hope to see you back next Saturday with more fun ideas! -The Sisters

  15. We loved having you link up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday!” We hope to see you back next Saturday with more fun ideas! -The Sisters

  16. Love this! We just posted our 2nd Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and would love for you to share this!

  17. What a great idea to to write a post about painting tips. I wasn’t aware of this method. Thanks so much for linking up on Fabulous Friday.

    Warmly, Michelle

  18. Great painting tips. I’ll be telling hubs. He won’t let me paint, gosh a girl just can’t do anything anymore! But he sure needs help in the “straight” line department. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best Par.tay! Following you on Linky – I thought I was!

  19. What a great idea, I am so finicky about straight lines as well. One question: I am assuming you pull the tape up as soon as you paint around the trim, so what happens when the wall needs two coats? Do you re-tape and caulk? Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Nicole, I paint as close to the ceiling as possible. Then, when I go back with the tape, I usually only will have about an inch or so to paint with my brush. Most of the time I can get a pretty good coat of paint on the rest of the wall without having to do two coats. If it absolutely needed to coats, yes, I would take the tape off and re-tape once it was dry.

  20. I love your writing flair, you have a beat to your writting style.

  21. Love this idea! I have been fighting my textured walls when attempting to create straight lines.. My next project is my bathroom. I have a question about the caulk you used. I know you said it had to be quick drying.The kind I purchased says ready to paint in 2 hrs. Do I actually wait for it to dry? Or can I paint immediately?

    • Hi Kristin
      DO NOT WAIT FOR IT TO DRY! Paint before it is dry – so you will pretty much have to paint immediately, otherwise you will get a ridge. I do one wall at a time.

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