This will be especially useful if you've patched the wall with joint compound or the room has been sitting empty for a long time.
Not only does this make for extremely easy cleanup, it's also very frugal. You can stop buying new paint trays and forego the whole paint liner sham for good.
Another key to clean, crisp lines when it comes to painter's tape is when you remove it, not just how. It's a common misconception that you should wait until the paint is dry to remove it, but really, you should pull it off as soon as you can so that it doesn't peel or chip after it dries.
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Doors are a huge hassle. But if you can get away with it, simply mask the hinges and use an Exact-o knife or razor to cut the shape out. Then you can keep the door up without having things look too sloppy.
It can be tough to know how to prep baseboards and tape off the surrounding areas when you're getting ready to paint them. Drop cloths can be too slippery, and you can't just forego it or you could ruin your carpet or floors. Packing tape is thin enough to slide under the baseboard, and sticky enough to stay put.
The top of the baseboards are another story; if you're just making touch-ups or aren't doing anything too drastic, you can easily keep an edge guard in place, painting as you go.
Instead of going straight for your secondary color, seal the edges of your painter's tape down with the original color. If any paint sneaks under the tape, it will match the original color.
Painting laminate isn't impossible, but you need to sand it first, then apply primer and wait. And wait. Seriously, keep waiting. It needs a long time to cure so don't even touch it for a few days.
If you need to spray paint a fixture, stick it in a cardboard box to ensure that you get even coverage and don't accidentally spray yourself in the face if the wind picks up.
A handy little key ring like this will make it super easy to buy more paint if you need to do touch-ups later on down the line.
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