How To Paint Straight Lines And Stripes On Walls

To paint straight lines and stripes on your wall you will need some painter’s tape, a tape measure, and maybe a bubble level.
Once you have marked and placed your painter’s tape you can use an old-school method that professional painters use.

How do I make my wall stripes straight?

You can measure the distance from the floor to the bottom of your stripe.

Make a small mark with a pencil or some chalk about every 4 feet.

Then run your tape along with those markings to get a straight line.

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How do you paint straight lines without bleeding?

To avoid any bleeding simply paint over the edges of the tape with the underlying color.

Let the paint dry.

This will seal the edges.
Now when you paint over it with the new paint there will be no gaps for the new color to bleed through.

What is the best painter’s tape for painting stripes?

Frog Tape is one of the best painter’s tape to paint stripes.

We use it a lot at 518 Painters.

If you don’t mind the price.

Check out the Frog Tape review we posted here to see what Frog Tape is the option for your project.

You can use any delicate surface painter’s tape or medium adhesive tape for your walls and trim.

Make sure the walls have dried for at least 4-8 hours before applying medium adhesive tape.

And at least 2 hours for delicate surface tape.

In addition, keep in mind that the longer you leave on the medium strength tape the more likely it will be that you will damage the wall when removing it.

I wouldn’t suggest leaving it on for longer than 24-48 hours.

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In Conclusion

To paint straight lines and stripes and get crisp and clean lines without bleeding you simply have to seal the tape’s edges. You can do so by painting over the edges with the first color. After it dries proceed to paint over the same edges with the new color without any paint bleeding through the previously sealed gaps.

2 thoughts on “How To Paint Straight Lines And Stripes On Walls”

  1. I want to add intermittent stripes to a wall that are 1/4″ to 1/2″ inbetween. Any suggestions? All the tape I can find is at least 1″.

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