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Have you ever wondered how expert professional painters, like us right here at New Approach Painting, can achieve such amazing results painting a room in such a short time? Although in large part our quality is due to extensive and diligent practice of painting techniques, we also use a few special techniques that either save time, increase the quality of the resulting finish, or both! We’d love to share some of these tips with you so you can tackle an easy room yourself (and leave the tricky ones for us!).

It’s common knowledge that if you lack a steady hand, painter’s tape will help you achieve a straight line. We not only use tape to create razor-straight colour borders, we also use it to protect baseboards from roller spatter, should a dropsheet slide away from the wall. If you tape your baseboards and only press the tape down at the top edge of the baseboard, leaving the tape flat and protruding out from the wall at ninety degrees, you’ll not only be adding extra insurance against drips and splatters, but when it comes time to remove the tape, you’ll have a much easier time peeling off a flat, clean piece of tape that has no folds and is only attached on one side.

But New Approach Painting’s number one rule for professional-looking results with painter’s tape is this: SEAL YOUR TAPE.

Have you ever noticed that paint will bleed right underneath the edge of any kind of tape– even the expensive kind that claims to contain special paint-blocking technology for which you pay fifteen dollars a roll? Simple physics dictates that unless the wall is smooth enough at the molecular level that the tape’s adhesive can fill it one hundred per cent, the tiny molecules of liquid paint will osmose under that sharp tape line to create that ugly mess called tape bleed.

It can be frustrating to take the time to apply painter’s tape, only to see that the paint bled underneath it anyway. We at New Approach Painting have developed a technique that can be used with *any* brand or quality of tape.

First, press the tape edge into the gap firmly with your fingers for a curved or caulked edge, or with a painter’s tool for a sharp ninety-degree edge such as that between an uncaulked baseboard and a wall.

Once your room is taped off, take out your brush and topcoat paint, load your brush with paint, but then extract almost all of it back into the can, so your brush is almost completely dry. Then, with this almost-dry brush, use quick strokes to push whatever paint you can into the tape edge where it meets the surface to be painted.

You can’t see it happening (unless you have extremely good eyesight), but you’re applying a very thin layer of paint in the V between the tape edge and the wall. This layer of paint is so thin, the surface tension from the wall and the tape edge hold it in place, and because it’s spread over such a great surface area, it dries quickly, before it can bleed under! Now you can cut in your room normally… and when it’s time to remove the tape, you’ll see a razor-sharp tape line.

Next time you undertake a weekend project to freshen up a bedroom, try out this new approach to painter’s tape. You’ll be proud of your professional-looking results!