Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Day 935's experiment
My projects of late have involved painting lots of trim and windows. I'm not going to lie, this is not my favorite way to spend a weekend or evening, so I've been looking for ways to make it easier and faster. A good brush with angled bristles was a start, but my hand is not especially steady so I always use painters' tape.
When I heard about a new kind of tape that boasts PaintBlock Technology I had to have some. I tracked some Frog Tape down at Lowe's and got to work. The window above was painted with regular blue painters' tape, and you can see that I need to follow up with a straight-edge razor to remove the paint that bled under the tape.
And this window was taped with Frog Tape. As you can see, no bleed! It essentially eliminated the third step. On the whole, I am very pleased and will be buying it again, but it is worth noting that it is about a dollar more per roll than the blue tape. I think in the future I would only use it when I need a super crisp, clean edge.
Also, I like to get two uses out of my tape so I painted half the window then pulled off the tape and put it on the bottom half. I could tell that the adhesive wasn't as tight on the second half and there was some paint bleed, but it wasn't half as much as on the window taped with blue tape. Just something to think about.
Have you tried Frog Tape? What is your favorite time-saving product?
By the way, this was an unsolicited experiment.