Painting your drywall interior is always a smart remodel. It is a simple and affordable way to breathe new life into any interior space. But, painting needs to be done with care, the right tools and proper techniques for it to look good and last a long time. Many people just let professionals paint their interior, but others do the work on their own to make the project cheaper. If you do decide to paint on your own, this article will be very helpful because it will highlight how to paint around the baseboard and molding.
Taping off Along the Caulk Line
Taping off caulked baseboard is a bit tricky because you need to create a straight line. Use painter's tape that is at least 1.5" wide. Most caulk lines are applied by hand, so the line is not perfectly straight. But, you don't want to trace a crooked caulk line. It will look better if your paint line is as straight as possible. You can use a yard stick or construction square as a guide.
You also need to decide on the general height of the tape line. You don't want to cover all of the caulk because it will look like you accidentally painted on the baseboard. It usually looks the best when you tape off right through the center of the tape line. This will help hide the paint line and make it less visible in the end. It is also key to push down the tape along the painting edge very firmly with your fingertip.
Painting over the Tape
Once the tape is applied, you still need to be careful when painting over it. You will have a much easier time if you use an angled paint brush. A 2" wide brush is great for getting ample coverage, but still handling the detail work. You cannot just slop paint all over the tape and not expect it to seep underneath. The best technique is to start your brushstroke an inch away from the tape and slowly paint towards the tape at an angle. Make a stroke as long as possible until there is not enough paint on the brush. At this point, you should wipe away from the tape line as you pull your brush away from the wall. Never stop moving the brush while it is touching the wall. Overlap every brushstroke so they blend together.
Don't remove the tape until the paint is completely dry. Contact a local painting company, like Strictly Residential Professional Painting Services, for more help.