Adding stripes to a wall with paint can be a great way to create a focal point in a room or add a unique characteristic to your space. However, painting lines on your wall is not always as easy at it looks on home improvement shows or online tutorials. In many cases, the paint bleeds through the painter’s tape, creating messy, uneven lines.
The process, although simple, still requires meticulous steps to ensure a professional, clean look. One does not simply apply painters tape and just go at it. A steady hand and a focus to detail will get amazing results. Being diligent and having patience is the key. Here are the steps you will want to follow when you are looking to get crisp lines for your painting project.
Creating great lines or stripes starts with measuring twice. Doing so will make any paint job look like it was done by a professional. Once you have determined how and what you want to be covered, apply painter’s tape to the area. Make sure to apply the tape evenly and flush against the wall.
Applying the correct color first is a trick you want to learn if you want to have clean, crisp lines. If the base color is white, paint with white first. This ensures that if any colors bleed, it will be the color that is already applied. Paint your base and allow it to thoroughly dry before proceeding to the next step. Opening up windows or using a fan can help paint to dry faster.
After your base has dried, paint your desired color over the base you just applied. You may want to add a couple coats of paint based on what color you used. For example, adding two to three coats of a red or dark navy can help ensure full coverage and prevent your color from looking streaky.
Once all your paint has dried, carefully remove the painter’s tape. Just like with the previous steps, take your time and pay attention to make sure you slowly remove the painter’s tape here. If you peel too quickly or do not pay attention, you can peel paint off along with the tape. Once properly done, you should have an amazing, straight line with clean, crisp edges, free of any bleeding or uneven lines.
Painter’s tape can help you to create crisp, smooth lines when you are painting stripes or designs on your wall. However, painting stripes is still a time-consuming and challenging process. You have to properly measure out your stripes, tape an even line and correctly paint. If you want stripes on your wall, but are worried about how they may turn out, Tar Heel Painters is here to assist you. Call us today and let us make your dream wall a reality.