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Old 03-13-2011, 01:29 PM   #1
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How do you paint the ceiling without getting some paint on the walls or visa versa without using the blue tape? The blue tape pulls off the paint.

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Practice, Practice, Practice and a really good brush. My selection Purdy, 2" angle brush.


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Welcome, firstly it's far more difficult to cut a ceiling into the walls and it's usually noticeable that was done. The ceiling should be done first, overlapping down on to the walls. I have a tutorial on cutting in without tape, it might be useful http://www.diypaintingguide.org/pain...painters-tape/
Let me know if it helps.
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how do you get good at cutting?? ...............you gotta want it !
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You already got a major problem if the tape is pulling off the paint
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Blue tape is for noobs, rookies, amateurs..........a good brush and some patience is WAAAAAAYYYYY better than using blue tape, and less time consuming. Plus you always have paint that bleeds underneath the tape and creates an even bigger mess.
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how do you get good at cutting?? ...............you gotta want it !
LOL, we're not talking about quitting smoking.
I think we're talking amongst ourselves here.
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Would it be possible to do this on textured walls? I just got done painting a room with textured walls, and it was less than fun... I had to used the blue tape, but I don't deny being a rookie. This is the first time I have painted textured walls.
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Everyone thinks that painting is easy and anyone can do it.
You are seeing the skills that have been developed with practice and knowledge of how this stuff works.
Cutting in ( that's what it is called) is a learned art. Doing it on a textured wall is even harder.
If you end up hiring a pro, you now know a bit about what it is you would be paying for.
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Believe me, I know that they are way better at it than I. Also, I'm sure it would have take a pro about a 1/5th of the time it took me. I just don't have the cash to pay for a pro right now, and I wanted to learn more about painting anyways. If I do a larger area like the living room, I plan on hiring a pro.
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Jordan- when people give it a shot and learn how hard it is, it makes for a better customer for us pros when the time comes. You know what it takes. Heck- I do my own plumbing!
Here's a little trick. If the ceiling is a texture other than popcorn type, run a bead of caulk around that edge and it will make a smoother corner than just a textured one, easier to draw a line on.
But caulking is another one of those things! Wet rag and a wet finger to smooth out.
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Jordan- when people give it a shot and learn how hard it is, it makes for a better customer for us pros when the time comes. You know what it takes. Heck- I do my own plumbing!
Here's a little trick. If the ceiling is a texture other than popcorn type, run a bead of caulk around that edge and it will make a smoother corner than just a textured one, easier to draw a line on.
But caulking is another one of those things! Wet rag and a wet finger to smooth out.

what he said. with the exception that i think caulking is pretty easy to do!

I just lay a small line on and caulk with a dry finger, and a rag to wipe my finger off. don't apply to big a bead of caulk. you want maybe 1'/4 line
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That bead of caulk in the corner will make your life way easier. It still takes a lot of practice to cut in and make it look nice, but with a heavy texture and no caulk, you could spend forever and never make it look pretty.
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That bead of caulk in the corner will make your life way easier. It still takes a lot of practice to cut in and make it look nice, but with a heavy texture and no caulk, you could spend forever and never make it look pretty.
Oh very true. cutting in is a pain with paint. a steady hand is all you need and patience.

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