Insider Painting Tips — Straight Lines

April 24, 2012

There always seems to be a transition of colors on a long wall without the advantage of a corner or intersecting wall. The transition between the kitchen and dining room is an example I have run across on numerous occasions. A trick I learned is to use either orange or blue low tack tape and latex painters caulking. Apply the tape in a straight line (You can use a straight edge and a very light pencil line as a guide), and then with a very small opening at the tip of the caulking, apply a thin bead along the edge of the tape. With your finger, gently press the caulking into the edge of the tape in a downward motion. Use a bucket of water and a sponge to clean your fingers and to wipe excess caulking off the tape. Press the damp sponge firmly against wall and tape and remove all caulking of wall. The idea is to fill the tiny gaps under the tape so the paint will not bleed in.

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