Why I tape windows to paint them

I posted a picture on Decorators Forum the other day and people were having a meltdown and losing their sh*t at the thought of these Georgian windows being taped.

Trust me when I say it is quicker and leaves a better finish.

See it like this…20 mins masking that big window. 5mins to de-mask. 25 total. Over 2 coats, being able to slap the paint around a bit, it works out much quicker. And I don’t care what kind of superhero you are, you don’t get a straighter line than masking tape.

I don’t tape every profile of sash bar, but on ones like this, for me it’s a no brainer.

Get the right tape and get your taping right, and it’ll save you bags of time in the long run. Make sure you use good masking tape as well. If it isn’t Q1, it isn’t worth using.

Leave your pride at the door…if it works, it works. simple as that.

And that’s why I tape windows to paint them.

The end

Has the trade turned into a load of DIY painters? Having to mask all the cutting in. Have the right tool and you can seal the glass and still get the straight line in half the time. Have the pride to learn to be a trades man and learn the skills. I cut in with both hands cut in the right side with right hand and left side with left hand. I only use tape on carpet or stain work to keep it clean when e/p above it. Or on the top of switches and sockets if they are polished metal etc.

Steve Latham

I can totally respect the guys who feel it’s compromising the trade, but things change, they evolve. If you don’t want to tape up that’s fine, personally I tape these days as I find it quicker for multiple coats and it’s always a great sharp edge. It doesn’t take long to tape up, but you really make up the time after. It’s personal choice so don’t belittle someone for choosing a different way of achieving the same outcome. But just to clarify, if you don’t tape carpet you’re a F@$(KI*G animal!! That is why I tape windows to paint them as well!

Anton Marsh

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