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We live in a newer home with walls with a fairly rough finish (not perfectly smooth) and I've always had a heck of a time getting clean lines along corners and the ceiling when I paint. I was watching Color Splash on HGTV (love that show!) and they said in order to get clean, crisp lines, to brush a thin layer of clear gloss over the painters tape. Once it drys, paint as usual. I guess it creates a clear seal under the tape where the paint can't bleed through.
Has anyone tried this? How have you gotten clean lines?
Yes it really does work! If you looked at my nursery pics with the stripes on the walls this is kind of what I did. I didn't know about the clear stuff though so I used paint to seal it. I first painted the whole wall the light color green, then I taped where I wanted to put the darker colored stripes. Then I used the light color green again to paint the edges of the taped stripes to seal the tape. Finally after that was dry I painted the darker green stripes. When I removed the tape I was very surprised to see beautiful, straight lines on our textured walls. The hardest part was figuring exactly where to place the tape and to keep it very straight while taping. It's harder than you'd think. Good luck!