How To Paint Lines On Different Surfaces

11 February 2018
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Of all the possible home improvement projects, it is hard to beat painting. That is, it is usually the easiest project, but it also has a significant impact on the way your property looks. Of course, painting is an accessible and affordable DIY project because the supplies are affordable, easy to work with, and you don't need any training. However, if you want to make your paint job look a little better, you should follow these helpful tips.

The majority of the painting process is actually very simple. That is, getting paint on your walls is quick and easy when using rollers. However, it becomes a little tricky when you get to the edges. Creating clean edges and lines is vital when it comes to the overall look of your paint job. The lines are going to be the most noticeable part of your paint, so you want to make sure you perfect them. The best way to create clean lines depends on what you are painting.

Textured Drywall

When painting on textured drywall, you can use spackling paste and painter's tape. It is easy to apply the tape where you want your line to be. However, on a textured surface, the tape alone might not work. That is, the textured surface might be a little rough for the tape to create a perfect seal. This means that paint will bleed underneath the tape, no matter how hard you push it down. So, if you have some lightweight spackling paste, you can solve this problem. You basically just spread the paste over the tape line very thinly. The spackle shouldn't alter the texture of the wall. You're pretty much just wiping it on and then wiping it off. But, this will plug any gaps underneath the tape.

Smooth Textures

In some cases, you don't need to use spackling paste, and you can rely on just the painter's tape. This is usually true when you are taping off a smooth surface. So, if you are applying your tape to smooth hardwood, caulk, or an untextured drywall surface, the tape will probably be strong enough.

When to Avoid Tape

If you are painting up to a rough surface like stucco, raw wood, or brick, you shouldn't use any tape at all. Painting along rougher surfaces is definitely harder. You have to do it by hand, and just do your best to not get any paint on them.

Contact a company like Renaissance Innovations, LLC for more information and assistance.