Stripes on the mind? From ceilings to walls to kitchen floors, it seems painted stripes are all the rage in décor these days. Though I wouldn't consider myself an expert on the fine art of straight lines or painting in general, my experience with horizontal and vertical hues has taught me at least one thing — you need good tape, especially if working with dark colors. To see why I think this Frog Tape ($10) is the one to beat, just read more.
In the past, I've used the standard blue painting tape to mark off my baseboards, fixtures, and the stripe marks. This time around, I heeded a handyman's advice. He swore Frog Tape worked better than its competitors though it may cost a couple dollars more. The packaging boasts, "The only tape treated with "Paintblock" technology seals tape edges for razor sharp lines." After deciding that it would be worth it if I didn't have to deal with bleeding issues, I bit the bullet and bought two rolls of the green stuff and I'm here to tell you it was worth it!
As I would with any sort of painting tape, I pressed the edges of the tape down to try to secure the colors within their boundaries. After that, I slathered away with the darkest of dark colors — black. Worried that this could be a complete nightmare, I literally watched the paint dry and had to force myself not to tear the tape away while it was damp. Once it was all safe to touch, I pulled the tape away and grinned from ear to ear. The Frog Tape was magical! Of course, there were a few small spots of bleeding but that's to be expected and mostly my error. In comparison with the other tapes I've used, it's not even a contest.
Have you tried Frog Tape?