Painting your interior walls is one of the smartest, most cost-effective and easiest do-it-yourself projects. However, if you want your paint job to look truly professional, you will need to master a few techniques. Most importantly, you need to teach yourself how to paint straight, clean edges. If your edges are clean, your paint job will look much better. The slight texture on most drywall interiors makes it a little difficult to get straight, clean lines using traditional painter's tape. This article explains how to achieve great edges on interior drywall surfaces using a little trick.
Applying Your Tape
The key to getting the best lines is to use normal painter's tape and lightweight spackling paste. First, you want to make your lines as straight as possible by applying the tape professionally. The trick is to use a measuring tape, yardstick or long level to trace a straight line on to your wall. Then, when you apply the tape, follow this line. Leave the tape about 1/8" away from the line so the new paint will cover it up. Once you've applied all your tape, it is time to get out the spackling paste.
Adding Spackling Paste to Your Tape Line
You definitely want a pair of latex gloves for this part of the job. Using just your fingers, spread a thin amount of paste over the tape line. You want to be very sparing because you don't want the spackle to build up and change the actual texture of the drywall. All you need is a minuscule amount of spackling paste to fill in the crevices and texture that create gaps between the tape and the wall.
Basically, you want to wipe it onto the tape and then wipe it off. By filling in these gaps, you can stop any paint from seeping underneath the tape. This way, when you remove the tape, your lines will be much cleaner. Most people skip this step and just use painter's tape. They usually end up disappointed because the tape does not completely block paint from seeping underneath and leaving a splotchy line.
This extra step will add a little bit of time to your paint job, but it is well worth it in the end. Having clean lines is key to making your paint job look complete and professional. Your friends and family will be impressed by how professional looking your new paint is.
For more information, contact local professionals like Stetson Painting.