If you want a flawless look to some of the rooms in your home, then a coat of paint can do wonders. While this is true, you will need to be careful around the baseboard and crown seams so you do not get paint anywhere that you do not want it. Typically, this means securing painters tape carefully around these areas. If you want a crisp edge, then follow the tips below.

Start with a Good Cleaning

While some people feel as though they can place painters tape directly over a dirty piece of molding, this is not helpful. The dust and debris will keep the tape from sticking and you will end up with bleeding paint and an uneven edge. Before you start applying the paint, use a damp or dry rag to wipe the area clean.

If a greasy film is left behind after the quick dusting, then use a degreaser to clean the area. A solution with TSP is the best option, but make sure it is watered down so it is gentle on the wood. You can start applying tape once the area is dry.

Make It Straight

Another common issue that can cause an uneven line of paint occurs when the tape is placed unevenly. It can be hard to get the tape to sit perfectly straight, and you may be a bit impatient with the taping process. Time and patience is needed. 

If you do not have all the time in the world, then you can invest in a painters tape applicator. This device is specifically made for straight and flat surfaces, like the top of your molding or the area right above it. The device has a roller that secures the tape in place as you move the applicator along the molding. The roller uses the molding or the wall as a guide. 

If you want to purchase the most useful applicator as possible, then make sure to buy one that allows for a replaceable roll of tape. This way, you can simply switch out the tape when you need to instead of buying an entirely new applicator. 

While the roller on the applicator will help to force the tape down into place, you should apply pressure once the tape is added straight across the molding. This seals the tape and a slim putty knife is often the perfect width to secure the tape. You want to most pressure to be placed against the tape's edge, so make sure the knife is tilted to allow for this. For more information, contact a business such as Hemlock Painting.

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