January 24 2007 Painting Newsletter
It's a new year, time to think about all those projects that need to be done around the house to spruce it up. And for most of them, paint can be the answer.
In fact, I am often amazed at what can be painted! (Refrigerators and Fireplaces come to mind!)
But, as with most anything that we want to do in life, if we want to do the job r ight, we need to understand the basics, especially if they may not, at first glance, make any sense.
I received this e-mail from Sue, concerning one of the most basic, and important of paint prep steps: Masking.
"Your painting without getting on carpet tip: Does not make sense. If you put the tape and lay it up against the base molding, HOW Can YOU THEN PAINT THE MOLDING?????? if tape will be on molding???You say to let the tape come UP the molding 1/4 to 3/8 ich?? Room will be all one color. Just don't want to get it on the new carpet."
One of the problems with writing about something (as opposed to showing something) is that there are limitations to written speech. (Or, at least, limitations to MY written speech!) Let's see if I can clarify it for you.
The wide tape, 1 1/2" or 2" 3M blue tape, serves two purposes in masking off the base molding: One, to pull the edge of the carpet away from the molding so that you can get the paint down deep; and two, to keep the paint off of the carpet.
Take your tape and lay it on the carpet, sticky side down; but instead of letting the tape just butt up against the molding, come up the molding about a 1/4" to 3/8". Then, using a putty knife, force the edge of the tape down into the space between the carpet and the molding. This will create a "V" shape, as the carpet is pulled away from the molding, allowing you to paint below the edge of the carpet, and keeping the paint off the carpet. When the paint has dried, pull the tape, and the carpet will pop right back up, hiding the line where the paint stopped.
If you have any questions about paint or painting, or if something just doesn't seem to make any sense, then drop me an e-mail, and I will try to help you with it.
A head's up: I am putting together this Summer's workshop schedule, and, as of right now, it looks like the next Two-day, hands-on Faux Painting Workshop will be in Tampa, probably the third week of June. Stay tuned for more info.
And send me those e-mails!
Good luck, and best wishes,
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