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Craft Tip #86: Masking for Straight Lines (Usually)

As a public service to the world, the CraftFail staff has been compiling crafting tips. Thanks to Our Cozy Cubbyhole for helping us illustrate tip #86:

Craft Tip #86:
When painting, masking edges gives you nice, straight lines… except when it doesn’t.

7 Responses to Craft Tip #86: Masking for Straight Lines (Usually)

  1. Becky says:

    You are supposed to use low tact masking tape. Otherwise you get what you see. Regular masking tape is too tacky and will pull the paint from the wall!!

  2. This was actually done with the proper tape; the problem here was that, rather than peeling the tape immediately after applying the last coat of paint, she waited until the paint dried and then pulled the tape. Ooops!

  3. Amy says:

    I had high hopes that this was a part of the “fail blog” series, good try with this site, but it’s a pain in the ass to have to click read more for every page.

  4. Yay! My fail is famous! And yes, Rhonda was right… I used the special painter’s tape but waited too long to peel it off after the second coat. Lesson learned! :P

    Thanks for giving me a laugh today!!

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  6. Sarah says:

    I’ve done something similiar to this for years and have always had contractor friends go stupid over my incredible lines. I use regular painters tape. Once it’s down, take caulk gun and spread a think amt down the tape edge, smooth with finger. let dry, paint. do several coats if you need to. Then take utility knife, score and peel. Slightly longer to do, but the perfect result is worth the effort! With this method, you don’t have to worry about removing before the paint dries – plenty of time for more coats or beer breaks :)

  7. Sarah says:

    oops, *thin* amt, stupid autocorrect!

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