This age old problem is one that plagues every decorative painter.
Textured walls don’t like tape.Â It is very difficult to get painters tape to stick in all the tiny grooves of the wall… leaving tiny voids for paint to seep under and ruin out perfect straight lines.
I had a cry for help (You can ask for help anytime by email…Â when you Subscribe To My Email Newsletter in the right hand column) and will try to give the best suggestions below.
I am painting my computer room and would like to stripe the walls half way up with a solid color on top and a chair rail.
When I started to paint the stripes the color is seeping under the painters tape and getting on to the other color. The walls are textured. I have really pressed the tape as hard as I can to stop this but it is still happening. Any suggestions how to stop it? Â I would greatly appreciate any help you can suggest .
Thank you debbie
Hey Debbie…. nice name!
First things first!Â You have to use the right tape! I found this great new tape that is perfect for keeping paint from seeping under it.
Frog Tape, Is The Only Pro Painter’s Tape That Is Treated With Paintblock During The Manufacturing Process, When Latex Paint Comes Into Contact With Frog Tape, Paintblock Instantly Activates & Creates A Micro Barrier, Sealing The Tape Edges.
The paint leaking under tape problem can be solved with a tiny bit of prevention.
First of all… you don’t need to take all the tape off before you start again… Yeah!
Try these two Professional Painter tricks,
- Block the color from seeping under by “painting” on a clear coat first.Â (or if you have the same color as the original wall color, use that) The idea is that something is going to seep under the tape and leak into the voids.Â With a clear color or the base coat color you have now filled those voids with something that will not show after the tape is removed.
The filled voids will now not allow the new color to seep under!
- When putting paint on walls that is going to be painted over tapped areas, use caution and patience.Â Instead of using a fully loaded brush or roller and gobbing the paint up against the taped area, use light strokes of a brush and paint across the tape.Â Place the brush on the tape and brush into the new painted area.Â This technique leaves the smallest of chances for paint to sneak it’s way under the tape.
When painting on textured walls, patience is always high on the list of techniques to use.Â You can count on some paint seeping under the tape.Â Just use a small artists brush to correct these tiny areas.
Remember to step back a distance from your work before you start correcting all the mistakes you might think you will need to.Â You will be surprised at how few of those tiny paint bleed under points actually are viewable to anyone just standing in the room.
Often, painters are critical of their work and will over do the repair work.Â When you are inches from a wall… all the mistakes are huge.Â When you are feet from a wall, most of the mistakes are visible at all.
Hey… and if anyone else has some helpful tips for Debbie, leave a comment below! This site is about sharing and helping everyone.
Good Luck and Let’s Go Paint!
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