1. Prep and tape application

Prep and tape application

Learn the basics of good masking in four easy steps and you'll become an expert in no time.

Prep and tape application

Learn the basics of good masking in four easy steps and you'll become an expert in no time.

Prep and tape application

Learn the basics of good masking in four easy steps and you'll become an expert in no time.

  • Mask like a pro

    Good masking is the key to sharp, professional paint lines and an overall neat, finished look. It can also save you time because you won’t need to do touch-ups once your project is complete. Follow the steps below to make your project look like it was done by a professional.


Step by step

  • A woman cleaning a baseboard with a cloth.

    Clean surface

    The surface should be clean, dry and dust-free so the tape sticks properly.

  • A woman applying tape to a baseboard.

    Apply tape

    Lay tape onto the surface, pressing down as you go. Don’t stretch the tape, or it may lift or break.

  • A woman securing tape to a baseboard using a putty knife.

    Secure tape

    Press tape down firmly with a smooth edge, like a putty knife or credit card.

  • Tape applied to a baseboard.

    Let tape set

    Wait about 30 to 60 minutes before you begin painting.

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