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We have textured walls (orange peel), and they make decorative painting difficult, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t tried. Over the years I’ve tried horizontal lines in several rooms and even vertically stripped an entire basement hallway.
Were the lines perfect? Far from it, but I kept trying new painter’s tapes that promised to the job and I thought if I pressed the tape harder, or took it off quicker, or pulled it just right, it would work on the next project. Of course, it never did, and I’d spend a significant amount of time painting over the bleeding paint lines, sometimes having to repeat the colors several times to get “good enough” straight lines.
FrogTape Textured Surface: My Experience
But now there’s a tape that says it works on textured walls, so I was thrilled to get a chance to try it out. Still, after my previous experience, I wanted to do a small project to verify it works before committing to something larger. After all, I’ve fallen victim several times before to tape that wasn’t up to the job.
I decided to do a little update on our entryway, so I purchased a frame that has glass that allows the wall color to show through. I painted a square of color on the pale gray wall to highlight the photos. I went with a subtle look and used the room’s trim color (creamy white), but I could have done something bright and fun as well.
I measured the frame on the wall and decided to go just inside the frame’s borders, so if the tape didn’t do the job, it wouldn’t show.
FrogTape® Textured Surface: How does it Work?
So how does FrogTape® Textured Surface create a sharp paint line on a textured surface? Through chemistry. The tape contains a patented PaintBlock™ Technology which creates a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape when it’s activated by the water in latex paint (or a damp cloth). The combination of the chemical on the tape and water turns it to a super absorbent polymer that stops paint from bleeding.
FrogTape® Textured Surface: What I Did With It
I marked my location, made sure it was clean and dry, and then I taped my square. Next, I painted two coats of the background creamy white paint and let it dry. That’s it!
I made a few mistakes, like measuring wrong, so the 1” of white paint was visible on the top of the frame. A quick touchup with the wall paint covered my mistake.
I also let the paint dry a little too much before pulling the tape off. I didn’t take into account the fact it was one of the hottest days this summer and the paint dried much quicker than usual.
I also pulled the tape to the side in my haste to get it off, instead of pulling away and down from the wall to get the cleanest line. But even with the mistakes, the tape did the job, and my lines are crisp! Despite my best efforts to screw it up, it worked beautifully, but if you’d like to get it right the first time, check out these tips for getting perfect lines on textured walls.
Tips for Getting Sharp Paint Lines with FrogTape® Textured Surface
- Cure It: The FrogTape® Textured Surface Sharp Paint Line Solution Kit requires that your wall paint is cured for at least 72-hours before using the tape on it.
- Clean and Dry: Your paint surface must be clean and dry so wipe it down before starting to remove any dust or debris.
- Apply It: Avoid stretching the tape while applying it to the surface and make sure there aren’t any gaps or bubbles.
- Get a Proper Seal: Use your fingernail, a plastic squeegee, or credit card to rub the edges to be sure they’re properly sealed before adding water.
- Activate the PaintBlock® Technology* – Use a damp cloth to wipe along the edges of the tape.
- Paint It: Paint on the PaintBlock paint and allow it to dry for 15 minutes.
- Pull It: When the last layer of paint is just dry to the touch, remove it by pulling away and down from the wall – don’t pull to the side.
*FrogTape® is treated with patented PaintBlock® Technology, a super absorbent polymer that reacts with the water in latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, which helps prevent paint bleed.
FrogTape® Textured Surface: Finishing the Project
After I had painted the wall white, I realized that I wanted something a little more fun, so I pulled out a stencil I’ve been dying to use and with the original wall color, I stenciled inside the box I painted on the wall. This gave the area a little bit of interest which doesn’t compete or distract from the photos I ultimately chose.
Then I used the same stencil and paint and updated the table beneath the photo area to match. I used the Textured Surface tape to hold the stencil in place, but to be sure it didn’t stick too well, I stuck it to my pants first to make it less sticky, so it worked perfectly for my stenciling as well.
FrogTape® Textured Surface – What’s Next?
I have to say that now that I’ve used the FrogTape® Textured Surface kit, I’ve thought of several other places I’m going to use it. But first, I’m going to measure 4” all around the photo frame and add the border that was afraid to do initially. It’s going to give the frame a larger presence and create the balance I’m looking for. I’ll also replace the cheap “Family” sign which I assumed was a better quality vinyl wall quote, with one that is (though the photos make it look cheaper than it actually does on the wall.
Now that I’m confident about the tape and its ability to make crisp and sharp lines, no wall is safe in my house!
FrogTape® Textured Surface can be found at participating Walmart and Lowes locations as well as all US Menards stores. You can also visit Frog Tape Products for more information.
Now that there’s Textured Surface by FrogTape which allows for sharp lines on textured walls, what project will you be doing?