Tips for How to Use Painter’s Tape
Apply painter's tape faster and more effectively so you can get started painting sooner and make fewer mistakes.
Clean Moldings Before Applying Painter's Tape
Speed Up Painting Prep with a Painter's Tape Applicator
Press Down Painter's Tape to Ensure a Good Bond
How to Protect Walls When Painting a Ceiling
How to Apply Painter's Tape in a Corner
Apply Kraft Paper Border to Protect Floors when Painting
Apply Painter's Tape Without a Special Tool
Score Painter's Tape Before Pulling It Off
Painting Inside Corners
Painting Prep: Foolproof Window Masking
Paper Flaps Protect Trim from Paint Roller Spatter
Extending the painter's tape with a piece of 3-in. masking paper is all that's needed to protect the woodwork from most roller spatter and drips. Three-inch paper is ideal because it'll stand straight out. Wider paper may seem like a better idea, but it'll sag and won't provide as much protection. And since the 3-in. paper doesn't sag, you'll still be able to close doors without the paper getting in the way.
Apply 3-in. paper along the top trim of windows and doors and along the baseboard. Don't bother to fit the paper tight into corners along the baseboard; you don't need much spatter protection there.
Protect with Masking Paper When Painting
Masking paper adds a few bucks to the cost of a painting job, but it's worth it. Besides protecting wide trim, it makes it easy to cut in along the baseboard, plus it protects the edge of the floor when you're rolling the walls and ceiling.