How to Use Masking Tape When Painting

How to Use Masking Tape When Painting

Masking tape is one of those great inventions that really come in handy when painting. In fact, you can put it up there with the invention of the paint roller and paint pans that hook over a ladder. There are many different things that masking tape can be used for when painting, including:

Holding Down a Drop Cloth

Sometimes the drop cloth that you lay on the floor can wrinkle, come up at the edges, and create a hazard. This is especially true if you are doing a lot of moving around. The last thing that you need is a paint explosion caused by someone tripping over the middle of the drop cloth. Taping the drop cloth at the edges will help hold it into place.

Keeping Paint Off of Baseboards And Crown Molding

Layering masking tape over the baseboards and molding will protect it from getting painted. Just make sure to remove the tape before the paint fully dries. Otherwise it could end up getting stuck to the paint at the bottom or top of the wall where it meets the tape. This can cause the paint to pull off when your remove the tape.

Protecting Electrical Sockets and Light Switches

Covering these switches in masking tape will keep paint from getting into them. Although the best thing to do is to remove the cover plates and expose the circuitry, you can always cover the whole thing with tape or just the remaining parts once the cover plates have been taken off.

Keeping Your Edges Straight

If you have a hard time “cutting in” on corners, using a piece of masking tape at the edge of one wall will help you keep the line straight and the paint where you want it.