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Old 06-21-2010, 04:47 PM   #1
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I just put primer over new drywall - using ben moore ecospec. I want to do a dark accent wall (3 walls light, one dark) also using 2 coats of ecospec flat finish.

I think I need to tape the corners and ceiling where colors meet before I paint the dark wall - my hands are too shaky to freehand. This ecospec paint seems to dry fast - under an hour - so I'm thinking I will topcoat the 3 lighter walls (2 coats) one day, then tape the corners and try a couple coats on the accent wall maybe next day. Do I need to let the topcoat cure longer than that? I don't want the tape peeling off any "fresh" paint. I will wait if it's safer. I assume since it's a flat paint I might be able to fix any goof-ups a bit easier, but would really rather avoid any.
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Old 06-22-2010, 12:08 AM   #2
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That should be fine. Use a blue or green painter's tape and really press down the one edge. As an insurance policy, remove the tape as soon as your light color is dry.
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such as this must be orange inside
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thanks for the tips

I'll definitely remember to remove the tape as recommended.

I have a roll of "no name" blue tape from the big box store that they advertise as painters tape (no orange markings anywhere on the roll or the package) - assumed it's pretty much all the same. Guess this assumption could have been another lesson learned for me? I have no problem tossing that roll and running out to get the Scotch brand tape if that will save me some pain.

thanks again for the advice.
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No need to toss it, just do not use it on any paint that is not fully cured( which means a month)
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thanks chrisn - it will go in the "extra parts" bin - I have a sort of related question around the 1 month cure time - don't laugh - is it possible (or even normal) to see subtle changes to the overall look of a surface over this period? Like if I paint a room, let it dry, then inspect my work a couple times after drying (same day or next day) then leave the job for a week or so, and come back and it almost looks "smoother" - almost like another coat or better coverage - does this mean I'm losing it? (I am getting older). I am finding from reading around here that paint can have some interesting properties - but I still might be losing it.
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Well,I don't know if you are loosing it but latex paint does take a month to fully cure so you might certainly see subtle changes. I have never noticed myself but that does not really mean anything as my wife would say I don't notice anything anyway
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Well,I don't know if you are loosing it but latex paint does take a month to fully cure so you might certainly see subtle changes. I have never noticed myself but that does not really mean anything as my wife would say I don't notice anything anyway
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