Taping and draping effectively

Whether you are a professional painter or are doing a DIY project for some Winnipeg houses for sale, the key to making it all look good lies in how well you tape the edges and drape the surfaces in the area. If you rush you will have a mess. Fortunately, there are three tips that you can follow to make sure you are taping and draping effectively. This won’t add a lot of time to the project because you won’t have to do endless amounts of touch up or clean up afterwards.

1- Tape with edges out

Taping the edges out means to tape so the cover extends beyond the edge of the surface painted. For instance, when you are taping the edge of a door frame so the wall doesn’t get marked you are better off taping an edge of paper to the surface. Tear strips of paper 6-inches in width, hold them so they overlap into the taping area slightly and apply the tape. You want the tape to attach to the wall and the paper. This prevents any accidental paint marks from getting on the wall, or risking the paint being pulled off the wall by using a wide width tape.

2- Bag and tape protrusions

The wrong way to tape a doorknob is to just run tape around the base and tell yourself that you are going to be careful. The right way to tape a door knob is to bag the whole knob and then tape the bag to the base. Make sure the edge of the tape is flush to the door but that it holds the bag tightly to the shape.

3- Drape everything and pull on the diagonal

As for draping, push what you can away from the surface to be painted and drape it. Your best practice with draping is to always wrap with plastic first, and then cover with a drop cloth. When you are removing the drop cloth, or any tape, always pull on the diagonal away from the painted surface. That way you won’t accidentally wipe wet paint on the area you were trying to protect.