Under normal circumstances, wallpaper borders are applied after all of the painting has already been done. However, when this is not possible, there is a way to paint around borders that already applied to the wall. It takes some care and preparation, but you can do it fairly easily.
Masking Tape Is Your Friend
When it comes to protecting borders, while you are painting, painter’s masking tape is your best friend. When painting around wall paper borders, you will need to apply masking tape to the border. There are different kinds of masking tape that you can buy, and you can use them for different painting methods and conditions.
When trying to paint around wall paper borders, you should paint with short, careful strokes; also, use a smaller paint brush so that you won’t paint over the masking tape and onto the border. Besides carefully applying the masking tape to the border, this will be the most important consideration to bear in mind.
Before starting your painting project, you will need to purchase a wider roll of painter’s masking tape. For this project, a two inch wide roll is perfect. Not all masking tape is painter’s masking tape; so, make sure to get the right kind. Painter’s masking tape is specially designed to protect and seal the surface it is applied to. The better quality tape that you buy: the better your project will turn out.
Not All Masking Tape Are Created Equal
Your utmost concern should be to protect the wallpaper border, while using precision strokes to carefully apply the paint to the edges of the border. Some wallpaper is easily detached from the wall; so, you should painter’s masking tape described as easy release tape. This will allow you to easily remove the tape, without tearing or ripping the wallpaper. However, is your wallpaper is synthetic-plastic based wallpaper (this is much more durable), regular painter’s masking tape will work fine.
There are some types of tape that stiffens, and becomes harder to remove, the longer that you leave them attached. Masking tapes will also become stiff and hard, if left on too long. Direct light will cause masking tape to harden fairly quickly. Therefore, if you will need to work on this type of project for an extended period of time (more than a day or so), or if the room you are working in has direct sunlight, you may want to purchase extended use masking tape. This type of masking tape is usually blue and costs more than regular masking tape. But, it can certainly be worth it – to protect your wallpaper borders.
Tips for Painting around the Borders
If your wallpaper border is located higher up on the wall, use should use a ladder; you should be at eye-level – with the border you are trying to paint around. Also, make sure that there is adequate lighting; this will help you to make the careful and precise strokes that you will need to make.
When attaching the masking tape to the edges of the wallpaper border, make sure to attach the tape slowly and make sure that the tape is completely straight and flush with the edges of the border.
When painting along the edge of the masking tape/wallpaper border, use a small brush to apply the paint where the wall and the border meet. For this type of painting, a small brush with short bristles works best. It is easy to paint over the masking tape; so, make sure to be careful and go slowly. Do not try to paint along the border with a paint edger or straight edge; these distract from your precision painting and may tear the wallpaper border.