Yesterday we started to write about painting the un-primed door frame for our replacement front door.
As mentioned, painting a door frame is not hard. It just needs patience.
Do not attempt when you are in a hurry … unless you are OK with getting paint on the wall from a few wayward brush strokes.
Now, if there is one trick to applying the paint it would be not to apply too much at once.
You see, the issue I have always had was leaving excessive paint on the painter’s tape. In fact, the bigger issue I have had is removing the painter’s tape entirely.
The perfect way would be to remove the painter’s tape after each coat of primer and paint, and then apply new painter’s tape before the next coat. Why?
Well, when ever I remove painters tape some of the paint on the wall or on the door frame comes with it. It is incredibly annoying and aggravating. I am not sufficiently patient to remove the painter’s tape and then re-apply it between coats of paint. So the primer and paint from the prior coast has dried by the time I remove the painter’s tape right after the last coat of paint.
The last time this happened I noticed that this tended to occur most in the spots where there was excessive paint caused when I hurried my brush strokes. So, I made a point of trying my best to not over paint where the painter’s tape had been placed. This also reduces the chance of the paint bleeding through the painter’s tape and onto the wall.
Now, in removing the painter’s tape what I did differently this time was were two things. First, I waited until the next day. Why? Well, I was tired from painting and my favourite team’s football game was starting on the T.V. so I did not want to rush the tape removal. Usually dried paint came off when I rushed the removal of the tape in the past more than when I removed the painter’s tape in a slow yet consistent effort.
Second, the other difference I did was to have a utility knife with me and use it when the area of the tape being removed was coming to an area with excessive paint. What I did was to first use the utility knife to cut just off the edge of the tape so that when I removed the tape there would be a natural line in the paint beyond which the remaining paint would not be removed. I also kept the utility knife in one hand when I removed the tape with the other so if I spotted some of the freshly dried paint starting to be removed from the frame I could cut it and stop it right there and then.
Third, I did my best to pull the tape at a 25 to 30 degree angle to the tape that was on the wall. This way, I was pulling the tape in the direction of the tape that was on the wall, hoping that the force would be such that the paint on the frame would stay on the frame.The above picture is attempting to show the angle I removed the tape from the wall.
Did this work? Yes. Hardly any paint on the frames came off. We were left with a very nicely finished painted door frames.
And a very nicely finished new front door.
Patience, slow and steady, 25 to 30 degree angle, watch out for excessive paint on the painter’s tape and the utility knife. It worked for us.
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