Today Laura writes:

Dear Diva, I just painted my bedroom with low voc paint, I used good painter’s tape on the baseboards but when I took the tape off it left little pieces of tape on the baseboards and in some areas the tape bleed through.  What did I do wrong?  I just don’t understand why it didn’t work!

This is a very easy mistake to make.  Luckily wallbase paint seeping is also an even easier one to fix!  You’ve started out good using the low voc paint and the painter’s tape.  You’ve just got to make sure you are smoothing the tape down once you put it on the baseboards.  This way you don’t get any bubbles that will allow paint to seep onto the baseboard.  This is also a good trick if you are taping off strips or lines on the wall, especially if you have textured walls.

Wallbase Paint Seeping

The paint has to be well adhered to keep the line straight and excess paint out!  The next thing you have to remember about taping off baseboards, is just because you taped them off doesn’t mean you don’t have to be careful; meaning make sure you still cut in.  It is still important to keep as much paint off the tape as possible.  This will keep paint from seeping onto your baseboards and it will also make removing the tape much easier.  So take your time so you can do it right the first time, it’s when you get into a hurry or get anxious that problems arise!


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Written by Amanda Hartley