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Best Brand of Painter's Tape

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I have a job where I need a really sharp painted line/border to make with latex paint. I have used 3M Blue tape in the past, but I always seem to get a little bled under the tape.

What brand should I try and any special technique to applying to get a sharp line with no bleeds?

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painters tape (post #207083, reply #1 of 9)

Before I get jumped for not doing a search, I have and still have questions......

 

Let me explain more, Bathroom, painting darker color on lower half, white upper half. Wife want to run a paintable textured border where they meet and paint a 3rd color. So I plan to install the border after the new paint has hardened completely, mask off and paint the border.

 

Since this will be close to eye level, I would like sharp crisp lines.

 

I know the best would have the wife pick out a different border, but you tell her that!!!!

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painters tape (post #207083, reply #2 of 9)

Before I get jumped for not doing a search, I have and still have questions......

 

Let me explain more, Bathroom, painting darker color on lower half, white upper half. Wife want to run a paintable textured border where they meet and paint a 3rd color. So I plan to install the border after the new paint has hardened completely, mask off and paint the border.

 

Since this will be close to eye level, I would like sharp crisp lines.

 

I know the best would have the wife pick out a different border, but you tell her that!!!!

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"Frog" brand tape is pretty (post #207083, reply #3 of 9)

"Frog" brand tape is pretty good.  With any tape, to get a clean line, you have to press it down tight.


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Your problem isn't what type (post #207083, reply #4 of 9)

Your problem isn't what type of tape, but rather painting technique.

To solve the bleed through simply put a coat of the underlying color over the seam of the tape before painting the color you want.  The bleed through is the correct color to not be noticed and when the tape is pulled off you'll have a nice crisp line.  This is what a professional painter would do.

Cheers

 

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painters tape (post #207083, reply #5 of 9)

Was looking at "Frog Tape",

 

Don, excellent idea!!!!!!!

 

 

Thank you both very much!!

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Now that is one of the best posts on this board ever. (post #207083, reply #6 of 9)

Why did I not think of that!  Seriously!  That is great advice.  Now if any of use non-pros could only figure out how to open a can of paint.  LOL

I mean really ... (post #207083, reply #7 of 9)

I mean really, how level does the can need to be relative to the floor, can I use a screwdriver to open it, or can I use a screwdriver period, what temperature does the room need to be, do I shake the can first, ... what is a guy to do.

You may laugh at this, but as (post #207083, reply #8 of 9)

You may laugh at this, but as a remodeler who does most of his own paint/stain work I have a number of items that are in various stages and of course lots of touchups all along the process. This next tip will make you appear to be a rockstar!  lol  I hold off on small painting jobs that have to be smooth (normally sprayed) and all touch ups until it's raining - the higher humidity allows the paint to self level and items hand painted will appear to be sprayed and touchups  on sprayed surfaces will blend very well.  Today I hand painted a single small window red (it's next to a red door) and by not having to mask off everything and drag out the sprayer I saved probably 20 minutes and as one client said, "wow, how did you get that so smooth!?"  Of course flotrol will do the same thing, but rain is free :)

 

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don (post #207083, reply #9 of 9)

be careful-"Do" can be combative at times.  He doesn't take suggestion very well.

 

 

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