Several months ago, I was minding my own business in the painting section at Lowe’s when I almost ran into something in the middle of the aisle. It was one of those cardboard displays that they have every so often featuring an item that they were promoting. I generally ignore those displays since I know what I’m looking for when I go in there, but this one stopped me because it was bright orange.
And because it was for a new type of painters tape kit from FrogTape…made specifically for textured surfaces.
Cue the heavens opening and the angels singing.
As someone who is obsessed with sharp, graphic patterns on my walls, having an entire house of knock down textured walls is the bane of my existence. I think knock down texture is largely a regional thing, so many of you probably don’t experience this. But, painters tape doesn’t properly seal on textured walls due to the raised texture, so the paint bleeds under the tape. In fact, I’ve had to develop my own time consuming system for working with regular painters tape on textured walls. And in all honesty, I don’t normally use FrogTape – neither the green nor the yellow versions. I have always thought that the 3M blue tape worked well (and am actually in love with this Bloc-it tape* that you can only get off of Amazon).
But, they had me at “textured surface, ” so I immediately bought one of the new orange kits. At $14 it wasn’t something cheap to try on a whim, but if it saved me hours of my time the next time I needed to stripe a wall, it was well worth it.
Fast forward to this weekend when I was striping a wall for a friend. She has textured walls, too, and I gave this new paint kit a shot.
After I used a level and yardstick to draw out my stripe lines, I taped off the stripes with the orange tape. I made sure to press down on the edge of the tape that I would be painting to make sure it stuck well. Then, I ran a wet cloth over the tape to activate whatever special magic is in the tape’s adhesive that helps it to stick well on textured walls.
Next, I used the bottle of what I assume is thin glue to seal the edges of the tape that will be painted. It’s easy to do by just running the squeeze bottle along the tape line. Just be careful not to let the glue go on too thick, as I think you’d be able to see that once you get the stripes painted. And only put this glue on the edge of the tape to be painted, since you will be able to see it on the wall if you don’t paint over it.
After you let that dry for 15 minutes, you paint the stripes just as you would any other wall. I used an angled brush to cut in at the ceilings, corners, and baseboard, and I used a 6″ roller to paint the rest of it.
I painted two coats. Once the second coat was on, I peeled the tape. The results blew my mind, y’all.
I have painted a lot of stripes on a lot of textured walls, and I’ve never had one come out so perfectly. There was literally not one single paint bleed in the eight stripes that I painted. Not a single one! The lines are crisp and sharp. This stuff is perfection. (The image above does make it look like there is a bleed under the first dark stripe. That’s actually a stray pencil mark that I didn’t notice until I put the photos on my computer – it’s definitely not a bleed under.)
I’m going to give these stripes a few more days to dry before I go back and clean up my pencil marks and add another fun element to my friend’s wall. If you want to see a larger image of the wall after I painted these stripes, you can check out an image I posted on my Facebook page. It looks really awesome, if I do say so myself.
So, where do you buy this tape kit? Well, that’s the sticking point. Since this kit is so new, some Lowe’s have it, but not all of them. You can get it on Amazon here* (where it only has one review, which is bad – I need to go add my review as well). It looks like it’s available at Walmart.com, but not in stores. Home Depot may carry it, but it’s out of stock online and isn’t carried in my local stores.
Many people also use regular painters tape and clear caulk to get the same effect. I’ve honestly never tried that because I was always worried that the caulk would come out too thick and messy. The glue/sealant/stuff that comes in this kit is really thin but didn’t run, so I really don’t think I’ll try the caulk method as long as this kit is available. It really was just that easy and totally worth the extra few dollars.
I’ll definitely keep you guys updated on this room’s progress and my future experiences with the new orange FrogTape. I’m so excited about the possibilities with this kit!
Oh, and because I know some of you will want to know – the stripes are 8 inches wide. The paint color is Mega Greige from Sherwin Williams – full intensity for the dark stripe and 50% intensity for the main wall color.