previous
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • The Hobbit House and More
    The Hobbit House and More
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • The Passive House Build
    The Passive House Build
  • Play the Inspector Game!
    Play the Inspector Game!
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • Shorten a Prehung Door
    Shorten a Prehung Door
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Remodeling in Action
    Remodeling in Action
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • How to Install Housewrap Solo
    How to Install Housewrap Solo
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Electrical Articles & Videos
    Electrical Articles & Videos
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Buyer's Guide to Insulation
    Buyer's Guide to Insulation
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Video: Build a curved step
    Video: Build a curved step
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
next
Pin It

Stop paint from bleeding under masking tape

If I care enough about maintaining a sharp edge between painted and varnished surfaces to use masking tape, I sure don’t want to peel off the tape and discover that the paint has seeped under the tape and left a fuzzy edge. To prevent this problem, I apply the masking tape as usual, being sure to press down the edge with a putty knife. Then I go one step further and brush a layer of clear shellac against the tape edge to seal it. Then I paint. Super-sharp edges remain.


Jason McKay, Portland, OR