Originally Posted by Brushjockey
- You always tell people to not use tape- but I don't agree when gravity and roller spatter (IE- base) is involved.
If trim is already finished ( and I finish trim first when doing both) I tape base always.
Speaking of gravity and baseboard: the one place gravity works against you when cutting wall paint is against the top of the baseboard. (It works against at the top of doors and windows too, but 90% of the time who cares about perfection there?) Not talking about drips - talking about gravity dragging your paint line edge down.
If I'm painting the trim, I paint most trim first, then the walls, then baseboard last. This allows me to be non-perfect when cutting wall paint against the baseboard. Then paint the baseboard with gravity in your favor (and the baseboard acts as a physical guide for the brush) and you get a perfect line. No tape required anywhere for this method.
When not painting the trim, then masking the top edge of the baseboard (the 1/8" ledge) works well, then cut the wall with a relatively dry brush. I use this with good results.
The tape goes on first thing (might as well) to avoid drips as brushjockey mentions.