Alternate to masking tape when painting

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I painted a single wall in the kitchen, and while the majority is decent around the edges, there's a few bits to tidy up. I found masking tape to be pretty difficult to use to get the edges right, it was hard to get right up to the corner and when I peeled it off, sometimes it took some of the paint with it. While I don't need to do another coat, I'd like to fix the edges and wondered if there's another tool or method to use? It's a new build so one would hope all the walls and fixings are straight!
 
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I think you can get a roller or a painting sponge with a plastic guard on the side which allows you to cut in the edges more easily. I have not used one though so can't recommend a particular product unfortunately.
 
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Frogtape was the best thing I found, either the green one above or the yellow one which is less sticky I think.
 
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I've just bought a 12" paint guard off Amazon for a little over a fiver, will give that a go and see how I get on.
 
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I have a paint guard thing, works pretty well, still have to be careful and keep the guard regularly clean/wiped. As long as your edges are fairly straight.......

Paint is water based now isn't it? So should be easy to clean off. I'd hope the edges are straight, the house is 2 years old. :)
 

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Frogtape works, but it's stupidly expensive though, it quickly becomes the most expensive part of the job.

Dooksy, don't buy those blades, they're good in theory, but in practice not a single wall, architrave or skirting in UK is straight, so you can't just press it against the feature and run with brush against it - it won't work. You can do exactly the same with piece of thin but rigid plastic, like those found on office binding covers for less than a quid.
 
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I can now cut in without tape. You need a good brush and the correct amount of paint on the brush along with a reasonably steady hand.

Have a damp cloth handy so you can wipe away any minor mistakes, very easy on gloss.
 
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Painted a room with this and it ruined all my hard work when I pulled it off :mad:

The only time I have found frogtape fails in when the wall has been recently plastered.

Otherwise the yellow version (low tack) I have found very good, even on 24-hour dry emulsion.
 
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It's a new build so one would hope all the walls and fixings are straight!

That's very optimistic!!

As mentioned by a few people a steady hand is the best bet but I found the best thing for me was post-it notes as they are extremely low tack however a paint guard is useful but you do have to keep it wiped otherwise you end up dragging paint about
 
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Found a paint guard useless, Frog tape worked ok but would peel off the paint it was stuck to or allow a bit of seepage underneath too frequently to justify the cost.

Easier just to do it by hand in the end.
 
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