How To Paint Clean, Straight Lines

Are you looking for a smart and fun remodel that will change the look of your home? Perhaps the easiest interior remodel that you can do on your own is to just to simply paint the walls. Painting the walls is a great project because it doesn't require that many special tools or heavy lifting. That being said, the job is a little more difficult than many people imagine. You can't simply buy a paint and a brush and expect to completely transform your home. The hardest and most technical part of a paint job is doing the edges, as it requires painting clean and straight lines. To paint clean, straight lines requires some discipline and training. This article explains a simple trick that makes it easier to achieve better lines.

Taping Off

For the best results, you should use designated painter's tape along with lightweight spackling paste to tape off the edges of the walls. First, you need to firmly apply the tape to the edge you are painting. Doing this, you will probably notice that many of the lines and edges in your home are not perfectly straight. For instance, if you hold a ruler next to the corner of a wall, you will notice some inconsistencies. This is usually compounded by the fact that drywall services are textured. So it is best to just follow the natural line in the corner of a wall instead of trying to use a perfectly straight yard stick or level. In fact, it is this texture that also makes it harder for the tape to stick to the drywall. The small bumps in the texture can create bubbles and gaps underneath the tape. In turn, when you paint over the tape, it seeps into these gaps.

Using Spackling Paste

This is where the spackling paste is useful. First, you want to apply the tape onto the wall. When putting down the tape, you want to push down very firmly with your fingers. To streamline the process, apply all the tape at once and then apply the spackling paste later.

Using just your fingers, you can spread the spackling paste over the tape line. You don't want to apply a lot of paste; you just wanted to fill in the small gaps under the tape. In fact, once you rub the paste on and then rub the excess off, it might hardly be noticeable. At this point, you can now paint over your tape line. When you paint over the tape, the paint will not seep underneath it.

This extra step might add a couple of extra hours on two new paint job. However, it is on the best ways to get professional looking lines.

For more tips and assistance with this remodeling project, talk with remodeling contractors in your area, such as Renew Construction, LLC.