How to Paint Stripes on Your Walls : How to Tape for Painting Stripes on a Wall

How to Paint Stripes on Your Walls : How to Tape for Painting Stripes on a Wall


Hello my name’s Melissa Schenk and on behalf
of Expert Village today I’m going to teach you how to paint a room with stripes in this
clip. Now let’s talk about finally how to tape your walls. You can see we’ve been doing
some taping already but it’s very important, of course, to use this quality tape. You don’t
want, as we discussed in earlier clips, to use too strong of tape. Now we did let the
walls on our first coat of paint sit for more than twenty-four hours. I always like to let
it sit for about a day before I start taping the walls. This is great tape though because
it’s good quality tape. It’s not as sticky as some of the other painter’s tape that you
can get and so it’s good for freshly painted surfaces. That ‘s key. Always look for tape
that is good to be used on freshly painted surfaces. You may be wondering why am I wearing
these goggles, well if you opted just to use a level when you drew your lines on the walls,
no problem but as you can see here, we’re going to in this case use the laser level.
Well the red tinted goggles here help me to see the laser a little more brighter than
I would without them. So I’m going to leave these on and what I’m going to do is, I’m
going to tape from the top down. Here I can see my line you might not be able to see it
my little hash mark because we are eight inches apart and when you’re taping you have to keep
in mind that wherever you’re going to be taping in your stripe you need to tape outside of
that so you take your edge and you want to make sure that your taping in this case, or
painting rather, eight inches on the inside so that’s a very important thing to remember.
But when you’re doing this and you’re putting your tape up on the wall, you’re going to
go up to the very top point and then as you’re going down you need to be very careful to
make sure that there are no bubbles in your tape. This is the most important part it’s
going to take a long time to do and it’s going to be worth it in the end I assure you when
you see the final product but I don’t want you to be disappointed by painting and then
having a bubble in your tape and then that bubble of course means that it’s going to
bleed into the tape, so you need to make sure that you have very clean, very smooth edges
on your tape here and you want to push that out either you’ll definitely be able to feel
it with your finger, that’s what I tend to use is just my hand and just run over it and
push it, especially on the edge that we’re going to be painting, or you can use something
like a spoon as well or like a spatula to really push any air out that would be under
the tape.

15 thoughts on “How to Paint Stripes on Your Walls : How to Tape for Painting Stripes on a Wall

  1. Will that painters tape strip the paint off my walls if i left it their for extended periods? Like i want to hang posters up.. but i need to find an alternative way so i don't mess up my walls.

    I have dry walls with blue paint over them.

  2. @iTitanium no it shouldnt effect them its special tape that shouldnt mess up your walls and peals off very easily

  3. I am sorry but i dnt have any f*kin lasers at home that i can use to draw a line on my wall… thats the whole point of explaining how to do the stripe btw..

  4. There's something called 'frog tape' that is sold at hardware/paint stores that helps with the air bubbles. It's made for projects such as this. Going to try it today! Thanks for the video!

  5. Ye prety funny she uses a laser, knowing practicly no one owns one. lol Btw before painting you should use some sandpaper on the edges of the tape and sand the wall/edge of the tape lightly. This forces dust under the edge of the tape, wich ensures no paint will ever get under it. 😉

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