Saving Time: Painting Without Painter's Tape

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Saving Time: Painting Without Painter's Tape

9 February 2016
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If you've done interior painting in the past, you know very well that taping off windows, ceilings, trim and other elements of the room can take as much time as painting the entire room. Wouldn't it be nice if you could eliminate the need for all of the tape you spend hours applying? Well, with a steady hand and a little bit of know-how, you could skip that step and end up with a beautifully painted room in much less time.

To paint without using painter's tape you will need:

  • Paint – choose high quality paint that goes on with one coat
  • Quality angled paint brush with a short handle – optimizes control of the brush and bristles
  • Painting shield – a plastic piece that is used to cut straight lines and protect adjoining surfaces
  • Paper towels – for quick clean-ups
  • Paint cup – just a plastic cup will do fine

Choose the Best Brush

The brush you choose will make all the difference in the finished product. If you have to save a little money on this project, choose cheaper plastic cups, paint shields or paper towels, but spare no expense when it comes to the angled paint brush.

The brush should have a nubby or non-existent handle. Optimum brush control is possible when you hold the brush close to the bristles. Eliminating the handle will make it more comfortable and easier for you to hold the brush as close to the bristles as possible.

The bristles on the brush should have an angled tip and be made of synthetic materials. You will have better control of the paint, fewer brush marks and less breakage of the bristles as you work to paint the trim-work of the project when you choose a quality brush to work with.

Get Painting

Pour some paint into a plastic cup to make it easy for you to carry it around as you work around the room. Dip only ½ inch of the brush into the paint to improve control of the paint. After the dip, wipe one side of the brush against the side of the cup to remove excess paint to prevent drips and runs.

As you apply the paint, place the brush about ½ inch away from the edge that you are working to trim. Slowly move the brush towards the edge in one smooth stroke watching carefully as each bristle meets and leaves the surface. If you notice any bristles coming out of place, use a pair of scissors to remove them.  

Painting shields can be purchased to use to protect adjoining surfaces when painting. To use the shield, place it against the edge that you want to protect and then paint the area you plan to. After each use, wipe the paint off of the shield with paper towels to prevent it from smudging on the surface you want to protect.

This process will help you get the clean lines you want without all of the work that goes into using painter's tape. If you don't have the steady hand, skills or ability to get the job done yourself, talk with your local painting contractor to have the interior painting by JV Painting & Decorating done for you.

About Me
removing cigarette smoke stains and odors from walls

I own several rental properties and have been fairly lucky about the tenants that have lived in them. There have only been three instances in which I had some issues to take care of before I could rent the apartments out because the former tenants weren't the best at keeping it in good condition. One problem that I have had and needed to learn how to resolve is cigarette smoke damage. My blog will show you how to cover up the smoke stains and odors without having to rip out the walls in the home that smells and looks terrible.