Published on March 5th, 2013 | by Grant Barnard0
Easy Steps To Painting Stripes
Painting stripes is not the easiest thing but it can be done DIY. Here we will give you the tips and tricks to paint stripes easily. If you are in the Indianapolis area, please contact us: Grants Painting (317) 800-4540, 5508 Elmwood Ave #320, Indianapolis, IN 46203
First Step To Painting Stripes
Paint the base color of the stripes. You can choose whichever color you would like to be the base color. It is usually best to choose the lighter color stripe to be the base. Don’t worry about trying to tape off and only paint the lighter stripes. Paint the entire wall.
Choosing The Width Of The Painted Stripes
The width of the stripe is very important to the style that you are trying to achieve. Smaller stripes will leave a much more modern look. Wider stripes still makes a good look but will not be as modern. Either way be sure to even up your stripes so you wont end with a partial line.
Best Tape For Painting Stripes
Using a delicate surface tape is crucial. There are two different choices: Frog Tape and 3M Delicate Surface Tape. Either way it must be a “delicate surface tape” that is rated for surfaces that have been painted in the last 24 hours.
Measure Out Your Stripe Lines
Measuring out your lines is absolutely critical in your finished look. Spend extra time on this step. There are a few ways to do this. The best ways is to measure out several point from top to bottom and use a level to draw your straight line along the dots. Always use a pencil, never a chalk line. The chalk will mix with your paint and give you grief.
How To Apply The Tape
Start at the top of the line, Stick your first 8 inches and unroll the tape about three more feet. Then very lightly press the tape to the wall with your thumb and use your index finger to guide the edge of the tape to the pencil line. Be very careful not to stretch the tape in any way. As you get down to about chest level smooth all the tape out by pressing and rubbing it to the wall. Then remove your step stool and finish the tape line down to the base board. The top and bottom of the tape line should also be pressed into the corners with a putty knife. This will ensure no leakage at these two important parts. Remember to tape the correct side of your line or your stripes will be different widths.
Then Paint Your Stripes
Painting the stripes is the easy part. Just be sure not to let the roller pass over the tape line. Use a quality paint and two very thin coats without drowning the tape. After all, you sure don’t want to re tape those lines a second time. Remove the tape soon after the paint dries enough to be adhered to the wall.