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Old 12-09-2017, 03:29 PM   #1
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Using Frog Tape On ˝" Baseboards To Get A Straight Line.


So... long story short, our painter is having a really tough time making this baseboard look good. He has experience, but is still learning.
The wall is in and out, and the baseboard obviously follows the contour of the wall. However no matter what he does, it does not look right.
The base board is a Char grey, and the walls are a light grey, so there is a huge contrast in colour. The wall is about 30 feet long, and is the main wall that people see when they come in the door, as it is a grand style entrance.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make this look uniform.
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Old 12-09-2017, 03:34 PM   #2
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Re: Using Frog Tape On ˝" Baseboards To Get A Straight Line.


Run the baseboard paint up onto the wall a bit. Forget tape, just keep the 3" brush moving. Or redo the baseboard.

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If the walls are effed up how is the painter supposed to give the optical illusion that they aren't?
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If the walls are effed up how is the painter supposed to give the optical illusion that they aren't?
Paint wobbles that counter the wall wobbles.
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You'll see this type of issue a lot if the caulk line is titled at an angle.

Hand cutting to get a good looking paint job on the baseboard is both the best and most skilled approach. If he has problems with getting the line wavy, It's probably easiest to use something like a towel rod as a standoff and guide for his hand. Slower, but you can get a phenomenal line that way. It's a pinstriper technique.
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Real painters don't use tape.
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It's a pinstriper technique.
Dave Simms, a very talented old-style hand signpainter and friend of my dad's would use a special ball-end rod for a pinstriping guide as you state. 1993/R.I.P.

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The wall is whacked and jacked.

You're pretty limited to what ya can do. It ain't the painters fault nor is it his responsibilty to pull rabbits out of his hats and cover up someone elses crappy work.
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As I’ve said before: I’m a really good carpenter… My painter makes me look like a great carpenter.

No tape – free hand cut.
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I was a sign painter for 28 years so walls are no problem. I seldom use tape but sometimes it is faster. I had an art background so lettering came quickly. It does take practice though. Look where you're going, not where you've been.
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Look where you're going, not where you've been.
That's the same thing that I tell people who want to watch the blade on a circular saw and not the guide.
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That's the same thing that I tell people who want to watch the blade on a circular saw and not the guide.
Well I guess that's the difference between the front and back of the blade..

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So... long story short, our painter is having a really tough time making this baseboard look good. He has experience, but is still learning...
Hopefully he's not the fall guy for all this... "It's the Painter's Fault"

a) but the real answer: tear off the base / casings and then the drywall in the affected sections.

b) shim the walls level (or possibly coarse grit wheel on an angle grinder to help level certain spots) - I just did this recently.

c) put all back together this time straight, planning with your existing flooring

d) now call back your painter to give him a fair shot.


Other than that, you could install a modification, like a framed base shelf unit if the room could take it (balance, etc)

Or bust out the widest taping blade ever seen

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DIY tip, in case caslon is reading.

You can use your painter tool (or something similar) to create a slight groove in a surface. You can cut to the groove easier than cutting without the groove.
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Run into a similar issue frequently when the wall/ceiling angle is 45 degrees, those lines can be really wonky and you just have to make your own straight line.
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DIY tip, in case caslon is reading.

You can use your painter tool (or something similar) to create a slight groove in a surface. You can cut to the groove easier than cutting without the groove.
Previously more common in years past on the wall/ceiling corner particularly with stomps. Much cleaner. I'm a big fan. Until the wavy gen hit.

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