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How To Paint Along Molding

Are you looking for a fun and affordable home remodel? You will be surprised how painting your interior walls will completely change the look of any room. Not only can it make your walls look new, it can add a new dynamic and breathe life into your flooring and furniture. Painting the majority of the wall is quite simple because you can use rollers. However, painting the edges, especially along the baseboard, can be difficult. If your edges look sloppy, your entire paint job will look sloppy. This article explains the best way to paint clean edges along baseboard and crown molding.

The best technique for painting along molding depends on whether or not there is a caulk. If your molding is caulked, you can use traditional painters tape. However, if it is not caulked, the job is a little more complicated.

Painting Caulked Molding

If your molding is caulked, and you want to leave it that way, you should tape directly over the caulk line. The tape will stick very well to the smooth surface of silicone caulk. When taping, you should try to follow the edge of the molding. You want your paint line to match up with the lines created by your molding, even if they are not perfectly straight. This is especially important around corners and curved walls.

Painting Molding That Isn’t Caulked

If your molding is not caulked, you should consider painting the edge first and then caulking it. Caulk cannot only protect the molding, but it can also create a strong and straight visual line. Caulking obviously adds another time-consuming step to your paint job, but it is worth it in the end. Caulked molding looks more seamless and blends into the walls. If you are willing to caulk your molding after painting around it, you don’t really need to bother with painter’s tape. Instead, just paint as close to the molding as possible. Then, if there is a gap between the new paint and the molding, it will be covered when you caulk over it. Also, the caulk will cover up any small marks or smudges that you might get on the edge of the molding.

These techniques will help you get much cleaner and better looking edges. Whether you are painting along baseboard or crown molding, you can make your paint job look more professional. If you are patient and take your time painting the edges, you won’t have to do much to clean up afterwards. For bigger or more complicated jobs, work with a painting contractor.