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Video:How to Tape a Room for Painting

with Debbie Anderson

Before painting any room, you want to ensure that the paint only lands on the wall surfaces you intend to paint. See how to tape room walls and other objects to reduce unwanted splatter.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Tape a Room for Painting

Hi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com Home.

Why Tape a Room Before Painting?

Before painting any room, you'll want to ensure that the paint only lands on the wall surfaces you want to be painted and not on the ceiling or trims that you do not want painted. With the right tools, taping a room can be a fairly easy process to complete in a short amount of time.

Supplies Needed to Tape Walls

For this task, you will need:
  • a pair of scissors
  • a utility knife
  • a roll of painter's tape
  • a roll of general purpose masking paper

Tape the Edges of the Ceiling

When taping a room, so long as your ceilings are not textured, it's best to start by masking along the edge of the ceiling where the ceiling meets the top of the wall. Start by applying a long strip of painter's tape to the ceiling surface that is as close to the top of the wall as possible. Double check the seal of the tape by running your finger over each strip as it is laid down. As you work your way around the room, overlay the edges of each strips stopping and starting points to prevent paint from creeping in under the tape.

Tape the Floor Trim

Next, tape around the floor trim of the room. Double check that the tape seals to the edge of the trim edge closest to the wall surface, but not the wall itself. For tight corners, cut the tape at a 45-degree angle on one end and then overlap the starting point for the next strip of tape with the reverse 45-degree angle cut over the other end. Use an extra small strip of tape to if necessary.

Tape the Door Trim

For door trim, apply long even strips to the edges of the trim around the doorframe. For best results, wrap the tape over the edges of the corners and smooth over the tape with our finger to push out any air pockets under the tape. Double check that the tape is covering the entire trim surface closet to the wall surface and that the tape is not sticking to the wall, itself.

Protect Large Surfaces From Paint

For larger surfaces that cannot be removed, such as a breaker box, tape around the edges of the cover with painter's tape, double-checking that the edges are completely covered by the tape and are not overlapping onto the wall.

Next, use your scissors to cut a small amount of general purpose masking paper that is approximately a 1/2 -inch smaller in diameter than the size of the surface you want to cover. Secure the general masking paper to the surface with painter's tape.

Taping Tiled Walls

For partially tiled walls, carefully place your tape on the edge of the tile and fold the tape over. Using your fingertips, double check the edge of the painter's tape to ensure a tight seal on the edge of the tile at the portion that meets the wall.

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