How to Paint without Tape

What You'll Need
Paint brush
Drop cloth
Painting tools

If your wall needs a fresh coating of paint and you need to paint on edges, you can do it easily without tape. The usual solution to paint edges without smudging the next surface is to apply tape along the sides. But why should you spend hours applying and removing it after when you can easily paint without it? Aside from a special edge painter tool, you can use supplies that are used for other painting jobs.

Step 1 – Getting the Right Tool

The usual start of any painting project is to tape up the edges around a room but you can skip this step by procuring the right tool. When you pick up your paint supplies from your local hardware or home depot, get an edge painter along with it. It is a tool that can easily be used and has a couple of small wheels at the top. This allows you to make a consistent straight line along edges without getting paint on the neighboring surface, which can be hard to remove. Having the right tool will save you a lot of time in doing the project.

Step 2 – Preparing the Area

Once you have prepared the materials that you are going to use for your painting project, put a drop cloth all around the area to be painted so as to prevent any paint from staining your flooring. If your existing paint is in light color, you may not have to apply a primer. Start with the edge painter first. Dip it on your chosen paint color and paint the edges around the area first. You do not have to spend a lot of time applying tape on the edges first.

Step 3 – Painting the Rest of the Area

Once you are done with painting all the edges in the room, get a paint roller and connect it with an extension rod. This will allow you to paint the rest of the wall area with ease. Be sure to apply an even pressure all through the whole wall to ensure an even finish. Once you are done with the first coating application, let the paint dry for around an hour. Go over the walls and check for any missed spots. If you find any, you can easily do a touch up job using a regular paint brush.

Step 4 – Applying the Finishing Coating

Once the first coating has dried up sufficiently, apply the second coating of paint. If you have achieved the right finish, you do not need to apply a third coating and you can enjoy your new wall color.

To conserve more on your paint project, calculate how much paint you are going to use before even going to a home depot. Left over paint usually hardens on the can and is dangerous to the environment when it spills or is disposed of improperly. To ensure that you will do the right job, make it a point to buy the correct tools.