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How to Paint a Wall and Get Straight Lines — by Home Repair Tutor

How to Paint a Wall and Get Straight Lines — by Home Repair Tutor


Hi DIY nation! It’s Jeff with Home Repair
Tutor, and today I’m going to talk to you about how to paint a wall and to get straight
lines every time when you’re painting with two dissimilar paint colors. So stay tuned.
I’ve got some great tips. I think you’re really going to like them. Let’s get started.
Have you ever had your primer or your top coat bleed through your painter’s tape—kind
of like this right here? If you have, you know how disappointing it is. So what kind
of a solution is there for it? Well, obviously you have to repaint. But how do you ensure
that that recoat is going to look awesome? So that’s where Frogtape comes in and also
silicone caulk. I’m going to use Delicate Surface Frogtape
because I just painted this yesterday—not even 24 hours ago. So the yellow Frogtape
is going to help me prevent from pulling back the paint that I just painted on this wall.
So what I want to do is put it on the wall like so. Line it up. Make a straight line.
And I use 2-foot—18 inches—to 24-inch sections of the Frogtape. Smooth it out with
my hand. And I want to line it up with this neutral paint so that I have a little bit
of neutral paint showing so that when I paint over the bleed marks, I’m going to paint over
a little bit of the neutral, cover the bleed mark, and blend it in with the orange paint.
I’m going to go down the wall every 2 feet with this Frogtape. I’m going to go all the
way down the wall, again lining it up such that some of the neutral is still showing—not
much, just enough. And I get down to the bottom where the base board is and just tear it off.
And then go back and smooth it out. Smooth it out in one direction. Not back and forth,
just one direction. With the Delicate Surface Frogtape in place,
the next step—and then this is the biggest tip—is to use a clear, silicone caulk to
seal the edge between the Frogtape and the surface that you’re going to be painting.
Now, the caulk that I have here is white, but it dries clear. So, I’m going to take—because
this is an outside corner. If this was an inside corner, I would just actually caulk
it straight on the corner. But because this is an outside corner, I’m going to take the
caulk and wipe it so that it seals the Frogtape. Once you put the caulk on the wall, what you
want to do is wipe it off with your finger—wipe off any excess with your finger—or a rag
that isn’t going to leave [limp] behind. Don’t use paper towels ’cause it’ll leave shards
of paper towel on the wall, and your paintjob is going to look terrible. So anyway, wipe
off the excess caulk with your finger…
and then you’re ready to paint. One other tip: Do not let the caulk dry. What
you want to do is, after applying the caulk to the wall into the Frogtape, immediately
paint afterward. And then when you’re done painting, pull the tape off the wall so that
the caulk doesn’t have time to dry. All right. Now it’s time to paint. Do that’s
all we’re going to do. We’re just going to paint that edge… get it looking good again.
So one extra bonus tip here: Make sure you get it back over the small section that you
painted where you had the bleed marks and use the full width of the roller to blend
in your new paint. So the final step is this: Pull off the Frogtape
along with the caulk that hasn’t dried yet. That way, you’ll get a really awesome-looking
paint line. Well, that’s how you do it. That’s how you
paint straight lines on your walls using Frogtape and painter’s caulk. So I hope that these
tips helped you out. Make sure you leave a comment if you have your own tips or your
own two cents—good or bad, I’d appreciate your thoughts either way. And if you haven’t
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So until next time, have a great day. And I’ll see you soon!
[Outtakes] Speaking of “one direction”… One Direction
is my daughter’s favorite band. Surprise, surprise.
So this is my dining room. And what do you think? Is it Halloween-ized enough for you?
So my daughter was born in this month—really close to Halloween—and we celebrate it quite
a bit. It’s a very important “holiday” for us. So I think that my wife did a great job
making this dining room look scary and I hope that you’re having a great fall yourself if
you’re watching this in the fall. Take care!

Comments (51)

  1. Jeff I have to tell you have had excellent success with Frog Tape alone. and great choice on delicate surface right here. the addition of caulk is an intriguing idea, but do you actually mean 100% silicone caulk or do you mean a silicone modified paintable caulk? I would think it have to be the second. … again love your outtakes.

  2. Thanks jb for the question and kind comments. You're correct, make sure the silicone caulk is paintable and you'll be golden. The funny part about this project is that I tried the Frog Tape by itself and didn't get the results I wanted (perfectionism). So the caulk totally made a huge difference.

  3. interesting. I am surprised. but looks like you came up with a good fix. cheers.

  4. Hey Annette, thanks for your comment. If you go over to my blog I actually mention Chris. Btw, this is a pretty well known tip but I appreciate your concern over stealing ideas.

  5. And I forgot to mention that there's a link directly to Chris's YouTube channel so that everyone visiting my post can view all his videos. Sorry that you didn't see this Annette but wanted to let you know.

  6. No problem Annette, I felt bad that you got the wrong impression and wanted to make sure you knew about my reference to his channel.

  7. Great tips! Never knew about the use of both tape and caulk. Thanks

  8. It works wonders Steven, just make sure the caulk is clear and paintable.

  9. I was at a Benjamin Moore dealer the other day buying some paint and supplies including Frog Tape and I overheard a pro painter say to never use caulk with Frog Tape. It really didn't register with me until I saw your video, which is pro-caulk. Comments? Also, Frog Tape has "Paint Block" which is supposed to seal the edge, so why add caulk?

  10. Annette, adding caulk is a common painter trick. I don't think that anyone can take credit for it.

  11. Thanks mrtodd3620, I'm certainly not taking credit for it 🙂
    Just wanted to get the word out that it works

  12. I used the caulk after the Frog Tape had a bit of bleed through. The caulk did a great job or sealing the seam between the Frog Tape and the wall. So it just adds to the Frog Tape's benefits

  13. Thanks for the tip Jeff. I just painted my sons room and I wish I would have seen ur video before. My Paint bleed through the Frog tape, and now there is paint on my ceiling and baseboards. Any recommendations? Especially for the ceiling…

  14. silicone caulk is not paintable

  15. I am wondering if you can comment on which you paint first: walls or trim?  In my case, if I paint the walls first, then apply tape to the walls and floor, caulk the tape, then paint the baseboard and other trim, will that be ok? And with new baseboard, when do you do the gap caulking between board and wall? Like this: caulk gap, paint walls, tape walls and floor, caulk tape, and paint baseboard? Also, I am a bit scared of painting against newly finished floors. I wonder if I can successfully keep paint of the floor.

  16. I usually just cut the outside corners in. Always looks awesome with a skilled hand. If you have no skilled hand use the tape that costs a quarter of the Frog Tape, cp-66 Sherwin Williams, and seal the edge with the color you masked onto, let it dry, then paint, you'll have excellent results. Your line sealed with caulk needed touch up. I hate touch up. Rock on.

  17. Fog tape paint seal is activated by water. Tape the wall and run a damp rag down the edge – this will seal the tape edge. No need for caulk, asit will leave a ridge

  18. I'm going to give it a shot in my daughters room! 

  19. I have a really, really simple way of doing this.  Use a square foam brush.  Do not load it up with too much paint and follow the walls edge.  Looks amazingly perfect!!

  20. I have 2 true secrets for bleed-less perfect tape lines. 
    1. clear,flat aerosol lacquer, to seal the tape's edges
    2. use the paint of the color your taping to seal the tape edges 

  21. Isn't the whole idea of frog tape it being treated to seal from paint? Surely you might as well use a cheaper masking tape with the caulk. 

  22. Try one of those foam rollers used for painting cabinets.
    Roll out and away from the edge.
    Always works for me. No tape, no silicone.

  23. 1.  All the caulk comes up with the tape when you remove the tape?       a.  paint got under the caulk.      b.  the tape provided the edge.      c.  if paint can go under caulk, how does it now stop at the tape if the tape always was permeable? 2.  The wall side of caulk that overlaps tape and wall stays down, the tape alone is lifted?      a.  the remaining caulk is underneath the new paint and was painted over?       b.  isn't there an apparent lump of painted over caulk under the color? I don't doubt that you get right results, I'm just confused.  cordially

  24. seal the gap of the tape with the light color paint and when it drys just paint over with the orange color and works better and less pain with the caulk

  25. the caulk is an unnecessary step

  26. should have just emptied out his roller and paint, it, what a waste of time this is

  27. You can still see white on the orange side.

  28. I have a textured wall where I want a stripe. This technique looks easy on a corner where you can push the caulk under the tape but what about a flat surface?

  29. Lol … you missed a spot… that was not a perfectly straight edge. Maybe satisfactory for a DIY homeowner, but a do-over for a pro. Perfection is God. I give you a thumbs up anyway, just because you mean well

  30. Awesome tip!! Thanks so much!

  31. I use Dynaflex paintable clear latex caulk from home depot (NOT silicone) in a hand squeeze tube and warm in microwave for less than 10 seconds with the tip cut. Will warm it and make it very thin to apply along tape line and you can use any type of tape. Use finger to smooth and wipe off rest with rag. Don't use caulking gun– too much caulk. Better than glaze if there are cracks between the trim and the wall to fill in the cracks before painting.

  32. Well done. Bonus One Direction reference was a nice touch as well

  33. If you are going to caulk… use paintable latex caulk. I don't use caulk… i just take a damp rag and wipe the edge of the tape just before i paint.

  34. I don't understand why you're taping an outside corner. A good roller and a bit of care will give you a great corner. At least I've never had an issue.

  35. The caulk smears my paint

  36. Thanks Scott H all you need to do is wet the frog tape.

  37. Well – 1st – It's an outside corner so you have to be REALLY bad at painting to screw that up. 2nd – If you're going to use caulking anyway – then there's no sense spending the money on Frogtape. Go for the cheapest low-tack tape.

  38. You cannot paint over silicone–the paint won't adhere to it. However, acrylic/latex or siliconized painters caulk will work

  39. Silicone caulk? No, no, no. Also, you just used Frog tape and it is self-sealing with water. Wow. I hate YouTube for this very reason.

  40. I have very bad arthritis so cutting in is not an option, I used too do that but i can't anymore. This is my issue; when I use tape, the paint that is painted over the tape (even if it is just a little bit) is sometimes pulled up when removing the tape. I leave the tape on for all two coats.
    ANy suggestiongs?

  41. It's straight until @4:33 . Do you go back with small artist brush to fill in?

  42. Good video but your use of the world silicone is wrong. Paint won’t stick to silicone there are paintable siliconized chalks I noticed you shifted to the words painters chalk. If people tried to use straight silicone there would be a massive problem!!!!

  43. I use cellophane tape instead of painters tape. It doesn't bleed.

  44. Orange walls are so 1980s!

  45. Oh, that is so sweet. I have painted some of the rooms in my house to appeal to my now 8-year-old daughter too (walls colored dynamic magenta with tanzanite trim and a largely honey-locust golden-colored door with a white cross in the living room for example).

  46. Why does nobody read directions….?
    FrogTape says CLEARLY, on the package, that it is water activated. Place the tape, wipe it with a damp rag, and paint.

  47. Hi. What kind of caulk (or is that the same as sealant. Should I get a sealant instead?) should I tell the staff at the hardware store for the gap between the ceiling and the wall (no molding) for the bathroom (dirt keep falling from the gaps in the bathroom especially) and between the wall and floor (to minimize critters like ants from coming in).

    Thank you in advance.
    God bless, Proverbs 31

  48. A real painter can just free hand that shit.

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