Avoid Drips as You Paint
Masking tape does a good job
of protecting woodwork—if
it's applied well.
Clean off all the dirt and grime along
the edge of the trim with a damp rag.
Hold the tape tight against the wall and
roll it out so the tape covers the edge.
Press the tape against the wood with a
putty knife along the entire length. Use
painter's tape that's at least twice as wide
as the trim and leave it flared out to protect
the face of the trim from drips.
When you're done, either remove the
tape immediately while the paint is still
wet or wait until the next day when it's
totally dry. If you pull it free when the
paint is partially dry, you may peel off
bits of fresh paint along with the tape.