Taping is not particularly difficult, and it makes painting less stressful and guarantees crisp edges, even if you have a less-than-steady hand with a brush.
- 1. Start in a corner and take your time. Tear off a tape strip about two feet long. Set it down lightly with one edge abutting the surface to be painted. Lift and adjust as needed for the best fit.
- 2. Seal the tape tightly with the tip of a spoon or a fingernail. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet by slowly and carefully pulling away from the paint line at a 45-degree angle. If a bit of paint seeps through, wipe it away immediately with a damp cloth. If the tape is left on until the paint dries, removing it can result in peeling.
For more tips, see How to Paint a Room.