Hello, friends! I’m working on a fun little project featuring a geometric design right now. Something that I always strive to do it paint perfectly clean lines. This little trick has saved me so much frustration when I’m adding a design to a piece of furniture. It’s never fun the paint bleeds under the tape and ruins the design.
I’ve previously written a step-by-step tutorial on how to paint perfectly clean lines. You can read that here. While working on my most recent project I filmed a short video to demonstrate this simple process. Here is how you get those crisp lines!
How to Paint Perfectly Clean Lines
- Measure and tape design or area to be painted. For freshly finished surfaces, use delicate tape.
- Seal the edge of the tape by pressing down firmly with finger.
- Brush on a thin coat of water-based topcoat. Brush it against the edge of the tape to seal it. If any gets under, it’s clear! I prefer using General Finishes high performance topcoats.
- Apply paint. Paint on as many coats as desired. I use 2-3 coats depending on color and pigmentation. For this project I used General Finishes milk paints. Let fully dry between coats. Reminder: paint with the grain of the wood.
- Once dry, peel off the tape to reveal perfectly clean lines.
I use this technique when adding designs onto furniture. It does work for other projects, too. If I a have a surface already finished and painted where I’m adding a simple stripe or outline like I did on this lavender dresser, I use the base color to seal the tape. Whether it’s the base color or a clear water-based topcoat, both finishes with seal the edge of the tape and create a crisp line.