Painting Base Trim Next To Hardwood Floor - Painting - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Painting

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-29-2012, 02:20 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Urbana, Illinois
Posts: 19
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Painting base trim next to hardwood floor


What technique do you advise to paint a baseboard with quarter round, next to a wood floor, so that you don't get paint on the floor?

We've tried masking the floor and being careful (we thought) to put only thin coats on the quarter round, but the paint still bleeds under the tape.

I'd rather not be scraping the wood floor with a putty knife to get the paint off. The only thought I have is to squeegee the corner with a damp rag every few feet, to get the paint off the floor while it's still wet.

I have 5 rooms to go, so I'm ready to hear any suggestions on doing this right.

Advertisement

jfklein13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2012, 02:22 PM   #2
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Urbana, Illinois
Posts: 19
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Painting base trim next to hardwood floor


I should add, the quarter round is your typical 3/4" size, and with the floor masked, we'd just been using 2" angled brushes. Maybe we should be using a smaller brush for the quarter round part?

Advertisement

jfklein13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2012, 03:12 PM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Urbana, Illinois
Posts: 19
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Painting base trim next to hardwood floor


Ha -- well, now that I read the label on this 3M Scotch-Blue painter's tape, it actually says not to use it on wood floors. Should have read the manual.
jfklein13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2012, 04:48 PM   #4
Member
 
Matthewt1970's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 1,815
Rewards Points: 1,070
Default

Painting base trim next to hardwood floor


Wrap a wet rag around the edge of your scraper and wipe as you go.
__________________
Latex Primer: Good for Drywall, that's about it.
Behr Paint: The plastic buckets are good, that's about it.
Matthewt1970 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2012, 04:54 PM   #5
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Urbana, Illinois
Posts: 19
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Painting base trim next to hardwood floor


That sounds like a great idea.
jfklein13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2012, 08:51 PM   #6
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Painting base trim next to hardwood floor


You stated that if you use masking tape that the paint still bleeds through. If you try masking tape again, you will notice a huge difference with the paint barrier tape as long as you make sure that you seal every edge of the tape. When the tape is placed on the floor, press, press, and press some more. Make sure that there is absolutely no loose edges. I know it sounds stupid, but if you make sure the tape is in place, you will not get any bleed through. It works on rough finished walls too but it takes alot of work trying to seel off every little grain of sand behind the tape, but it is doable. Just not fun.
j.leonard78 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2012, 09:22 PM   #7
Renovations contractor
 
Bonzai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Squamish, BC - Canada
Posts: 324
Rewards Points: 250
Default

Painting base trim next to hardwood floor


Is there enough space under the 1/4 round to slide a sheet of paper or roll of painter's masking paper (not tape)? Just make sure to remove the paper before the paint completely dries to avoid it sticking.
__________________
Home Renovations & Repairs
ADVENT HOME SOLUTIONS INC
Vancouver to Whistler & beyond
Bonzai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2012, 09:25 PM   #8
Rubbin walls since'79
 
Brushjockey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Mn
Posts: 2,518
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Painting base trim next to hardwood floor


I will second a good brush, steady hand and a rag wrapped around a putty knife. Tape is a necessary evil. If you do use it- pull soon after paint is set- then clean up any bleed with rag as above. Not to hard actually.
__________________
"It's better to come here with questions before you screw up than to come here after and ask how to fix them."- JS
Brushjockey is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Brushjockey For This Useful Post:
user1007 (07-08-2012)
Old 07-08-2012, 12:45 PM   #9
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Urbana, Illinois
Posts: 19
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Painting base trim next to hardwood floor


Thanks to everybody for the tips. I've now painted the quarter round in 3 rooms, two of them fairly large, using this technique. Wrapping a damp rag around a putty knife has been the key to cleanup. After a while I found I was able to avoid getting paint on the floor most of the time to begin with. And I did end up buying a 1.5" angled Purdy brush, rather than kill the short side of my 2" brush when it gets all bunched up against the baseboard. I was angling my brush so that the long edge wraps around the quarter round and paints the edge by the floor.

I also wanted to share this video where I could see approximately what I should be doing:


That helped a lot to see how much to paint at a time, and how to use the rag/knife.
jfklein13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2012, 02:17 PM   #10
Rubbin walls since'79
 
Brushjockey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Mn
Posts: 2,518
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Painting base trim next to hardwood floor


Good find and glad it worked for you!
__________________
"It's better to come here with questions before you screw up than to come here after and ask how to fix them."- JS
Brushjockey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2012, 05:56 PM   #11
paper hanger and painter
 
chrisn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Hagerstown MD
Posts: 6,866
Rewards Points: 2,240
Default

Painting base trim next to hardwood floor


The palm up technique with the brush was interesting ( at the very beginning)
chrisn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2012, 10:21 PM   #12
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Urbana, Illinois
Posts: 19
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Painting base trim next to hardwood floor


I'll also single out that the tip on pressing down the edge of the masking tape was very helpful. The next time I had to do some taping, I scraped along the tape with a putty knife to seal it down well, and the results were perfect.
jfklein13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2012, 02:11 AM   #13
Too Short? Cut it Again!
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 9,634
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Painting base trim next to hardwood floor


If you can practice more and learn to paint most of the time without tape it will save you lots of time. I would go crazy with a small brush like you used but you made it work and at least you had a good one. Again, I think with practice, you will find something like a 2.5" angled sash brush works better simply because it holds more paint. I actually like a 3" if I also have wide baseboards. You will learn that you can almost pinstripe with the edge of either with some practice.
user1007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2012, 09:06 AM   #14
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Urbana, Illinois
Posts: 19
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Painting base trim next to hardwood floor


So with a bigger 2" brush holds more paint, how long a stroke would you paint with each dip for paint? I was doing about 15" long sections with the smaller brush.
jfklein13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2012, 09:52 AM   #15
Too Short? Cut it Again!
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 9,634
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Painting base trim next to hardwood floor


Quote:
Originally Posted by jfklein13 View Post
So with a bigger 2" brush holds more paint, how long a stroke would you paint with each dip for paint? I was doing about 15" long sections with the smaller brush.
I don't know that I would look at it that way. What is nice with a bigger brush is you can do the baseboard and quarter round without switching brushes. You cannot do tall baseboard with a 1.5" brush without driving yourself crazy.

See you are from Urbana. I lived in Chimpanzee/Banana for a decade before moving here. It had its moments. I got tired really early on of people dressed only in orange and blue though. And the claim the place has everything a big city does? Don't think so.

Advertisement

user1007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hardwood Floor Buckling klappjack Flooring 6 10-04-2014 12:21 PM
Bathroom project: in floor heating, slc and shower base Me xeno Flooring 1 01-20-2012 08:12 AM
Hardwood thicker than railing base - Help needed jenhib Flooring 2 12-14-2011 03:34 PM
Painting fireplace & trim? bltwa Interior Decorating 4 03-08-2009 03:57 AM
Carpet in the basement Packer Backer Flooring 16 11-04-2008 12:19 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts