Painting stripes on the wall

by Don


Im wondering if someone can give me advice regarding the process of painting stripes on my walls. Also, I've heard about color blocking but I'm not quite sure what that is.

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Nov 10, 2010
Wall striping & color blocking
by: Shawn

Hi Don,

My best advice when trying any type of wall painting technique is to practise first on an old piece of primed drywall or bristol board.

Also, you might want to compare different color combinations and paint gloss sheens.

Further more, testing types of tape is a good idea, I like blue painters Scotch brand myself but you may find something that works better for you (they make new kinds all the time).

When doing any type of painting over tape your biggest problem is bleeding of the paint under the tape.

Paint can also lift from the surface when the tape is removed. Heres a couple tips so that you can get a nice sharp edge to your painted tape lines.

  • Make sure the tape is pressed down nice and tight to the wall.

  • Brush glaze on the tapes edges sealing them from bleeding.

  • lightly brushing on paint will also seal the tape.

  • Roll on at least two coats of paint to get the best coverage.

  • Remove tape after it is completely dry (or still wet).

  • Re-taping spots and touching up is inevitable.

Glaze works the best to seal your tape but lightly brushing the edges of your tape with paint will also get the job done.

When lightly brushing the edges you don't want a dripping wet brush. Having a dry brush works best keep in mind though that an extremely dry brush won't get the edges of your tape coated.

Caulking the edges (paintable caulking) of your tape will also seal your tape "less is more" is the key. What I mean is be sure to cut as small of a hole in your caulking tube as you possibly can. Excess caulking will leave a mess on your walls. Be sure to wipe the caulking smooth with a slightly damp cloth or sponge.

Sealing the edges of your tape when striping or color blocking will give you the best results.

With that said caulking and brushing tape edges is a lot more work and can be a waste of time if you don't test your techniques before tackling the wall itself.

Keep in mind to that your tape needs to be removed while the paint is still very wet or after it has completely dried.

For a little extra how to help check out the color blocking and wall striping pages.

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