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Exterior Painting Techniques

A great paint job begins with great masking. And good masking is the key to the sharp, clear paint lines that make any project look like it was done professionally. Proper masking protects lines, covers hinges and trim and can help avoid a mess by stopping paint drips or spatters.

The type of tape you use, and how you prep for painting will vary from room to room and surface to surface. Here are some of the most common taping techniques, and step-by-step guides to make your job easier.

Accent Shapes

Smooth surfaces

For smooth surfaces, such as glass, metal window frames and vinyl siding, ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tapes work well, because they are UV-resistant and won't bake onto the surface. For help in choosing the right ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape for your smooth surface, check our Tape Selector Chart

Accent Wall Frames & Chair Rail

Textured surfaces

For various textured surfaces, such as wood trim and wood paneling, try ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Original Multi-Surface. For extra protection in for your textured surface, check out ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Advanced Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector.

Cabinet Update

Large areas

Whether you're using a paint sprayer, roller or brush, outdoor painting can get messy if the wind kicks up. To cover large areas, use tape in conjunction with film or paper, a tarp or a drop cloth. We recommend using ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape and Film. These canisters of folded masking film come with ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Original Multi-Surface already attached.


Simple Ways to Make Your Home Look Great on the Outside

Repainting the entire exterior will make your home look great, but it's a job that's literally as big as a house! Here are some fast, inexpensive ways to improve your home exterior, courtesy of Amy Matthews, DIY Network TV star and host of Sweat Equity and Blog Cabin:

A Door You'll Adore:

The focus of your home's exterior is, of course, the front door. Repainting your entry door and trim is an easy way to update the front of your house. You'll be amazed at the difference it can make! The same goes for side doors and garage doors (even when you have a detached garage).

Grow Into a New Look:

Planting flowers in front of your home, either in a garden bed or along walks, instantly cheers up your home's exterior. Consider replacing tired bushes and hedges. Purchasing smaller, younger plants and shrubs will save money, and if you're planning to move in a couple of years, they will be full-grown by the time you plant that "For Sale" sign.

Improve From the Ground Up:

Fresh cedar mulch or rock landscaping is another great way to improve curb appeal – it's inexpensive and really pops.

Which Tape Do You Need?

Find the painter's tape that works best for your project.


Guide to Good Masking

Common taping techniques and step-by-step guides.

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