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Old 12-10-2008, 08:23 AM   #1
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Best way to change color at a round corner?


Hi all,

I'm nearing the end of my basement project, the drywall is primed and my wife picked out the paint colors.

All my corners are 3/4 inch round bullnose and I have to change colors at an entryway (3 round corners, sides and top).

What's the best way to do it?

Do I tape a straight line in the middle of the corner, paint one side, remove the tape, place tape again to protect the now-painted side and then paint the other side? Seems like a lot of frustration to get that tape on perfectly twice.

Do I stop at the edge of one of the corners so that the entire corner is painted in one color? (I'm thinking this could be easier but wont look very good)


Any advice is greatly appreciated!
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Hard to say w/o seeing it, but I bet if you looked at it enough, you could figure out which room you want the bullnose to belong to
If this is possible (that you could assign it a room), then often it's best to paint the bullnose that room color, and run a line of the other room color up to, but not crossing over into the bullnose space
Like...pretend the bullnose is trim, and paint up to the trim

If I were doing it this way, I would take paint the room and bullnose (going a little past it), then when painting the (non-bullnose) room, bring out the roller (perhaps a mini-roller) to the edge of the bullnose, if the surface is ideal, your roller will hang out over the bullnose, and you will have your own line
If the surface is not ideal, or this doesn't work, then it might be a good time to tape it off
use the best quality delicate surface tape, and newly painted, uncured (less than a few weeks old), paint tends to lift
And use the tape as a tool, not a crutch
Loading up paint (slabbering in on) figuring the tape will fix it will lead to other issues

Hope this makes some sense

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Do I stop at the edge of one of the corners so that the entire corner is painted in one color? (I'm thinking this could be easier but wont look very good)
This is how I approached it this past summer, Shawn. I painted the lighter color first around the corner and then just painted straight up with the roller on the other wall. It's not a perfectly straight line but the WIFE was happy with it.

You could always paint the light color first, going slightly over half way or all the way around and then apply the tape?

Best of luck.
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thanks for the advice, i'm going to give it a try... I have lots of primer and paint so I may end up doing it several times hehe
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