Step 4: Seal the Edges of the Tape and Roll on a Coat of Paint

sealing the painter's tape edges with a putty knife
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Using a putty knife or a credit card, press down the edges of the tape to discourage bleeding.
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    Tools List

    • mini-roller
      Roller and roller tray
    • pencil
      Pencil
    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge
    • ladder
      Ladder
    • single edge razor
      Single-edge razor
    • small plastic putty knife
      Putty knife
    • 4-inch paintbrush
      4-inch paint brush

    Shopping List

    1 gallon flat latex paint

    Wood stick

    Two rolls 1-inch delicate-adhesion painter's tape

    1 gallon high-gloss latex paint

    Roller covers