DIY Basics

Using Painters Tape Around Curves

Last Updated on January 2, 2019 by Kristi Linauer

Today’s DIY Basic is very…well…basic. Painters tape can be so helpful when it’s used correctly, but if it’s used incorrectly, it just creates more problems. Using it around curves can be particularly challenging unless you use this little trick.

No go forth and paint those curves…with beautiful crisp and clean edges!!

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    [email protected] Stories of A2Z
    January 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Brilliant! So simple, yes, but absolutely brilliant girl!

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    Deb @
    January 12, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Okay, I almost hate to tell you this, but did you know you can buy flexible painter's tape specifically for curves? 🙂

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    January 12, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Yes, Deb, I know they sell all kinds of specialty things. I just hate to spend extra money on them. 🙂 I don't buy the little corner things…I use regular painters tape for that and just tear it at an angle. I don't buy flexible tape…I just use regular stuff.

    To me, all those little "specialty" things are just a waste of money that can be used on other things.

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    John Papers
    January 13, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article with us.

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    John Papers
    April 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article with us.

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    July 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    This really is a great tip. It uses less tape than the method I usually do of sticking straight pieces all around and around, this is a much neater finish and provides nice coverage on the surface that you wouldn't want spray paint to get on. How hard is it to remove? Thanks again for the tips!

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    September 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I have a ridiculous question. WIth using such a small amount of tape around the fixtures you are painting, how do you keep overspray from getting to the non painted surface? Please email me with your answer. thanks so much,,, I have the ugly brass fixtures and shower enclosure. NOT FOR LONG!!. a couple of years ago I painted my kitchen countertops and everyone that comes in cannot believe it. I used a sea sponge and about 4 different colors, It is beautiful, I am in the process of removing my wall border now, to paint bathroom. I HATE wall border!!