Painting Clean Corners On Textured Walls

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Spike Carlsen with Family Handyman Magazine, demonstrates how to tackle one of the most prominent painting problem situations: Getting nice crisp, clean lines where there is textured surface is involved.

    Spike Carlsen: Hi! I am Spike Carlsen, I'm a contributing editor at the Family Handyman Magazine, the number one home improvement magazine on the planet. We're looking at problem situations and one of the most prominent problem situations is getting to get nice crisp-clean line where there is textured surface is involved.

    Sometimes you want to create a horizontal line but most commonly you want to create a clean-crisp line in the corner where two walls meet and where you're going to paint one wall one color and one wall another color. Again your best friend on this is a good high quality painters tape; we're using Frog Masking Tape. It has a special coding on it, so that when it gets activated by the paint it helps to create even a cleaner crisper line.

    You start of by putting masking tape in the corner, and I'd like to it by using bout 24 inch sections of masking tape. It's easy to work that way, it's more accurate, and just start in the top and just slowly and carefully work your way down in the corner. Take your time, it is the time you'll spend, you'll get crisper results and you want to have to go back and do it again.

    Once the masking tape is on press it in every firmly with your fingertips, really firmly. The idea is to create profiles along the texture so it won't slip in, and then once that's done, take a padding knife and press it in even farther. Keep adding it in 24 in sections until you've done the entire corner. The first coat of paint you give in the corner is a paint of the original color that's on the wall already.

    You don't need to do much, you just want enough to dab into the corners, start and just kind of wiggle it in here. And what we're doing is we're sealing the little course or the new color can slip through and we're sealing that up with the original paint color. I am going to go back and cut in with a new paint color. And again you do it just like you did the first time, just cut in very carefully, start up here and just work your way down, we're going very carefully into the corner, getting it tightly into the corner, and then keep on going.

    And now you paint the wall just like you would with any other wall. With textured surfaces you want to use longer nap roller so that the paint can get into the crevasses. But basically you just take it and start roll in, cut in pretty close in a W shape, and just keep head lie down on the wall. And it's possibly came for the existing wall with your roller so that the texture on the wall looks the same across the wall. Okay, we've put on the second code, we've let it good and dry, and now it's time to remove the tape.

    A good paint is going to stick to the wall and so it's also going to stick to your tape, so in order to get the crispiest line you want to take the utility knife and just make a nice light score right in the corner where the tape is. Don't press too hard, it'll tuck right through the dry wall and just a nice crisp cut so you're cutting through the paint itself. It's important that you pull the tape at a very steep angle down in a way from the new paint color.

    Pull slowly and firmly, and you wind up with that crisp line you were looking for. So there you go. We've created a clean crisp line and a textured surface, all you need is the right tools, the right tape, and the right technique, and you can do that in the house too.