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Old 05-29-2011, 11:12 PM   #1
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I'm painting two walls two different colors, and they're meeting in the corner. I painted the darker wall already, I need to tape to do the lighter color wall....how long do I need to let the dark wall dry before I put tape on it (blue tape)?

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Old 05-29-2011, 11:34 PM   #2
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Tough one to answer because different kinds of paint dry differently. I like to wait at least 72 hours before doing any masking. What you can do is buy a great cut-in brush and just cut a nice straight line right down the wall in the corner with your other color. Yes, it takes a steady hand and some patience, but it is very doable and you won't have to wait 2 or 3 days.

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Use orange core blue ( sensitive) - not all blue is the same. What paint?
usually a couple of hours, lightly put on the blue, paint the edge with the first color, let that dry a bit ( that makes any bleed happen with the same color) and then finish. A fan on it will also speed things up.

72 hrs is a DIY wait- and thats not a bad thing. As a pro I don't have 72 hrs, so i find a way.
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:49 PM   #4
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get some low tack mask tape 1/2 inch press in to corner make contack but dont press to hard .i have done it in a little as 2 hours . but if you wait till next day you'll be golden
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Old 05-30-2011, 01:46 AM   #5
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Thank you all!!! I am using Olympic paint, eggshell finish. And the tape I have is Scotch 3M Blue Painter's Tape;original multi-surface. I do not want to wait 72 hrs. I may use a fan to speed up the process or (if I haven't fallen to pieces by then) use the cutter brush to do the straight line. Thanks again :-)
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Loretta, if you choose to go freehand, it's really not as hard as you might think. I have an online tutorial with tips that may be of some help. Good Luck.
Go to my painting guide and look for the link on the right, painting without tape.
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Thank you all!!! I am using Olympic paint, eggshell finish. And the tape I have is Scotch 3M Blue Painter's Tape;original multi-surface. I do not want to wait 72 hrs. I may use a fan to speed up the process or (if I haven't fallen to pieces by then) use the cutter brush to do the straight line. Thanks again :-)
That is the wrong tape to use here, you really need the sensitive orange core blue tape.
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Thank you Chrisn I was looking for the "correct" tape.
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:45 AM   #9
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The new frog tape is nice too. You will be surprised at the line you can achieve with a nice quality 2.5 or 3 inch angled sash brush though.

The tape Chris mentions will work but I would be nervous putting it on to quickly on a surface painted eggshell with something like Olympic.

If you are uncertain of your painting skills a nice long straight edge you can use as a masking tool would work too since our concern is a right angle corner? Nice long drywall knife or something should work? Just wipe it off between brush strokes.

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