Painting the inside of your home is a cheap and fun way to update your interior style. Any room will look completely different with new paint on the walls and ceilings. As far as DIY projects go, painting drywall interiors is one of the easiest and most achievable home remodeling projects. Not only are the supplies affordable and easy to find, you don't need any special training or skills for the majority of the labor. However, there is one tricky part to interior painting. Creating straight lines, without paint bleeds, can be tough on textured drywall surface. This article will show a simple trick for creating clean lines.
The Problem With Painter's Tape
Professionals usually create straight lines using a freehand technique called cutting in. They usually don't use any tape. But, cutting in takes a lot of practice and a very steady hand. Most DIYers use painter's tape as an alternative solution. You simply mask off the corners, molding and baseboard. However, paint does not always work as well as people expect. Usually, paint will seep underneath the tape. The problem is especially severe when painting over a rough drywall texture and/or a wall with a low-sheen paint. No matter how you look at it, you should not rely solely on the tape to create clean lines.
Add Some Spackling Paste to Your Tape Lines
This technique requires using lightweight spackling paste. First, you will apply the tape exactly where you want your lines to be. For a streamlined process, apply all the tape at once. Then, it is time to get out the spackling paste. You will want disposable rubber gloves for the paste application (otherwise, your fingertips will dry out and crack).
The trick is pull a dab of paste onto your finger and spread it over the tape line. You don't want to spread too much paste onto the tape. It should not cake up or change the texture of the wall. In fact, when you wipe the paste on, it might not be visible once it dries. This is perfectly fine because the most important thing is for the paste to fill in the tiny gaps underneath the tape. These small gaps are where the paint would have otherwise seeped under the tape line and caused an imperfect finish.
Finally, you can paint over your tape with confidence that your lines will be clean and crisp. If you don't want to go the DIY route, talk with Hemlock Painting or another painting service. They can help you with your interior painting project or give you more tips for creating clean lines.