How to Tape When Painting Around Trim

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Painting around trim always requires you to tape around the area in a very particular way. Find out how to tape when painting around trim with help from a passionate residential interior designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Erica Lugbill, and I own Lugbill Designs, a residential interior design and remodeling firm in Chicago. Today I'm going to be covering how to tape when you're painting trim. You need a few different tools. First, just a standard putty knife. I like using a smaller one for this job, the accuracy is a little bit better, and it's a little bit easier to move, an Exacto knife. A dry paint brush, and then painter's tape, at least an inch and a half, like I have here. 2 inches works well also. And then a rag for cleaning. Our first step is to clean and prepare the surface. So, I'm first gonna take just the dry brush, and just wipe it here on the trim. That should be enough in this case. That looks good. We just need to get rid of the dust and the grime so the tape has something to grab to. If you don't, when you life your tape you're gonna see a lot of leakage on the trim. That paint just seeps right through wherever it has an opportunity. I don't need to use the rag on this one. If your baseboards are very dirty, be sure to use a wet rag. Next we're gonna take the tape and start at the edge here. Just follow the line. Kind of pressing down as you go. The hardest part is getting started. Then once you get closer to the corner, you rip off the edge, and then take your putty knife, get that nice in the corner, and then take your utility knife, or Exacto knife will work for this job, follow the line, and slice for a nice clean cut. And then you just repeat this process throughout the whole home, or throughout the whole room that you're painting, and then you can see here, I left the tape sitting out. Don't press it down. This acts as a nice shield then for the trim, so the paint doesn't splatter onto it. Thanks for joining me today. I hope you found these tips helpful. To see more of my work go to


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