Painting the edges of your interior walls is a vital part of the job. If your edges don't have clean, straight lines, your entire paint job will look much less complete. The edges are very noticeable, so sloppy lines will make the entire wall look equally sloppy. Professionals often freehand the edges, but this technique is very hard if you don't have experience and practice. This article explains another technique for painting the cleanest edges. They will make your paint job look like it was done by a professional.
Tools for the Job
- Painter's tape (at least 2" wide)
- Lightweight spackling paste
- Standard level (at least 2' long)
- Paper towels (for clean up)
- Latex gloves (to protect your fingers when spreading the spackle)
Applying the Tape
Of course, your paint line will only be as straight as your tape is. Along the corners at the top of the wall it is best to just follow the seam. Drywall corners are not always perfectly straight, especially if they have a strong texture. Similarly, if you are taping off along molding or baseboard, you should follow the natural line of the caulk. However, there will be spots where you have to create your own line when there is no existing boundary. Use a level to map out and mark where you will place your tape. Drawing a straight line directly onto the wall makes it much easier to tape. as you apply the tape, you need to push down very firmly on the side that you will be painting over.
Applying the Spackling Paste
When you tape over textured drywall, not matter how well you push it down, paint can seep under the tape. But, you can fill these tiny gaps between the wall and tape before you paint with lightweight spackling paste. Using your fingers, spread the spackle all over the tape line. Spread it as thinly as possible. The goal is to push the spackle into the gaps so the paint cannot seep through. Apply the paste so thinly that it does not alter the texture of the wall.
Now, you can paint over your tape line like you normally wood. The spackling paste will seal the line, so you don't have to worry about seeping. When you pull the tape away, you will have a nice, clean line. These clean lines will really make your new paint job pop! Contact a painter, like Carvey Painting & Decorating Inc, for more help.