How to Create Sharp Lines with Painter’s Tape!

How to Create Sharp Lines with Painter’s Tape!

The mark of a great paint job for your Toronto home is straight, sharp lines.  This can be beneficial if you are doing stripes on a wall, or just want a clean line between walls and ceiling.

Many times when we are painting, we will do our “cut” lines freehand, just following the corner between the wall and, or the groove between trim and wall.  However, there are many situations where a professional painter needs tape to ensure a clean sharp cut line.

Here are a list of best practices to get the sharpest line possible.

Select a good painter’s tape

The beige tape is not painter’s tape.  Beige tape is too sticky and usually peels paint off the surface.

This particular tape is usually green or blue and is clearly labeled “painter’s tape”.  The best is Frog Tape, but it’s one of the most costly painters tape as well.

Apply the tape correctly

Even if a high quality painter’s tape is used all is for nought if it’s not applied correctly.  If the edges aren’t properly sealed then paint will seep underneath the tape and wreck any possibility of a sharp straight line.

How do you seal the edges of the tape?

If you are using Frog Tape, you have to make sure that the edge is firmly pressed down.  Either use your finger and run it along the edge of the tape, or some people will use a plastic putty knife and run that along the edge of the tape.  Once that’s done there should be no paint seeping under the tape and you’ll get a sharp line.

If you have an ordinary painter’s tape a sharp line can still be achieved.  Once again, firmly press the tape down, either with your finger or a plastic putty knife.  However, an extra step after this is needed to ensure that the edge is properly sealed, this can take the form of:

  1. a thin bead of caulking along the edge of the tape
  2. some of the base colour along the edge of the tape
  3. a clear flat varnish along the edge of the tapesharp tape lines, painter's tape

Any of these methods will seal the edge of the tape.

Removing the tape

Either remove the tape right after you paint, or wait until the paint is fully dry.  If the paint is partially dry it can lift off the surface.

How you remove the tape is important as well:

  • go slowly
  • keep the tape at an obtuse angle, ie. close to the surface as you pull

There you have it!  Clean beautiful paint lines!

If you’d rather leave the clean, beautiful paint lines to the professionals why don’t you book a quote?  We’d be happy to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!


Transform your Toronto home with custom wall decor!

Transform your Toronto home with custom wall decor!

We at CAM Painters are always looking for ways to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty, custom wall painting torontoand in our search we discovered an exciting new product from a Canadian company called Peacock Living.  Their product SurfaceMotif, allows unparalleled flexibility with colour and design for your home.  I’ll let Leroy, founder of Peacock Living explain:

What is it?

Peacock Living offers homeowners and decorators a new and exciting interior decorating solution for the home. SurfaceMotif provides a fun and easy approach to applying designs that can be painted and personalized, whether you are designing a custom wall décor, working on a DIY project, or ccustom wall painting torontoreating a feature wall.

How does it work?

SurfaceMotif was designed to be an innovative alternative to wallpaper and stencils; it is a stenciled masking tape that comes in a roll 18 inches (45.7cm) wide and 30 (9.1m) feet long, with a unique stencil design in the tape.  The result, different tape sections can be easily removed, creating one of a kind designs, without the hassle of needing to measure and cut.  It is a great solution for adding whimsy to a kid’s room, colour to a backsplash, or elegance to a powder room.

The benefits over wallpaper include;custom wall painting toronto


  • not being limited by the colours available to a particular wallpaper pattern
  • easier to apply, as there is already an adhesive backing
  • being paintable, you can choose or match any colour palette
  • designs are seamless, because SurfaceMotif is only a temporary template for you to create your personalized painted pattern, and is later removed
  • the pattern does not have to be repetitive, depending which tape sections you remove, will create a unique design.
  • perforations every 9” where the pattern repeats, allows you to easily tear off the number of sheets you require, to handle any size project
  • the possibility to colour layer, by removing select sections to paint one colour, then remove additional sections to paint other colours
  • it being redecorating friendly, when you want to upgrade your design and/or colour, lightly sand the surface, prime and you are ready to start your next project.

custom wall painting torontoAbout Peacock Living

Peacock Living is a Canadian company established in 2014.  It is located in Toronto, and launched SurfaceMotif in 2016.  The product is also designed in Toronto, and manufactured within Canada and the United States, using quality painter’s masking tape that will deliver sharp paint lines, remove cleanly, and does not tear easily.

SurfaceMotif is sold on our website, Peacock Living.  Visit our Vertical Motif and Diagonal Motif products page for design ideas, and follow us on Facebook for design inspiration and project ideas.  Explore the Possibilities!


Will you do drywall repairs to my Toronto home?

Will you do drywall repairs to my Toronto home?

Oops, young Johnny was playing hockey indoors and shot a puck into the wall of yoToronto house painters, interior painting, exterior painting, drywall repairur Toronto home, and has left you with a hole in your drywall!

You hosted a Super Bowl 2017 party with some die-hard Atlanta Falcons fans, and the brunt of their frustrations ended up on a 1’x1′ section of wall

What are you going to do?  Do you have to hire two different contractors; a handyman to patch the hole and a painter to paint the wall after the patch?

Actually, CAM Painters can fix that hole in your drywall and then paint your whole house from top to bottom after!  Or we can just repaint the wall that had the hole in it.

If you want your whole house drywalled your better to get a specialist in, but it’s hard to get a drywall contractor in for one patch.  My rule of thumb is that if the repair is less than the size of a sheet of drywall you’re far better off hiring one contractor to do both patch and paint, rather than deal with two contractors.Toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, drywall repair

What’s our process for drywall repairs?

First order of business, we want to keep dust to a minimum.  Drywall patching requires sanding patching compound around the edge of the repairs.  There are a few ways we use to minimize dust:

  • We drape plastic on door openings to minimize dust travelling from one room to another.
  • We apply our patching compound as smooth as possible.  If the patching compound lumpy more sanding needs to be done than if the compound is smooth to start with.
  • We use sanders that hook up to HEPA filter vacuums, so that less dust gets into the atmosphere in the first place.

We also ensure that the repaired area is reinforced to prevent future damage.  This involves putting wood Toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, drywall repairstrapping behind the repair for extra support if necessary.

If you’d like more detail about our patching process read this DIY post:  How to Patch a Hole in my Toronto Home

If you have some holes in your drywall that you need repaired why don’t you book a quote?  We’d love to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!

Recent project:  Staining new wood to match existing stained wood

Recent project: Staining new wood to match existing stained wood

Many people like the look of old stained and varnished wood, especially in older Toronto homes.  But what happens when some of it is damaged and needs to be replaced?  Can the new wood be made to look like the old existing stained and varnished wood?  Yes it can!

Here’s the process that we used to match new wood to old

We matched the stain at the paint store

We got a sample of the old wood and a sample of the new wood and took it to the paint store for matching.  Patience is key with this process.  Our paint store requires 48 hrs for a stain match.

We sanded the trimvarnished wood, stained wood, toronto home painters

In order to ensure that the stain is absorbed evenly into the wood we gave the entire surface a light sand.  This opens up the grain and allows the stain to penetrate evenly into the surface.

Please note that we were staining oak, which is a very dense, hard wood.  Because oak is such a dense wood conditioner is not needed, however when dealing with softer wood, such as pine, a wood conditioner is necessary.  Wood conditioner is a clear base coat that evens out stain absorption.

We stained the trim

The stain that we chose was a rubbing stain, meaning that it is rubbed into the surface with a rag, rather than brushed on the surface.

varnished wood, stained wood, toronto home paintersWhen working with stain it’s better to apply two thin coats rather than one thick coat.  If the stain is applied to thick it can dry blotchy, which we want to minimize, of course.

This particular wood took 3 coats to get to the colour of the existing old wood.

We varnished the wood

The stain needs a minimum of 24 hours before it can be varnished.  This allows for proper drying of the stain before the final step of varnishing.  We matched the gloss level of the existing varnish, which in this case was a semi-gloss.

The first coat of varnish absorbed in to the wood and resulted in an uneven sheen.  So we ended up applying 2 coats which gave us a nice, even result.

In conclusion

varnished wood, stained wood, toronto home paintersWe managed to get a fairly good result, with the new wood trim matching the old wood trim as close as could be expected.  So If you’d like to keep the look of natural wood, but want repaired areas to look like existing areas, why don’t you have CAM Painters give you a quote?  We’d be happy to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!

Toronto Home Stair Railing Transformation Project Guide

Toronto Home Stair Railing Transformation Project Guide

At CAM Painters, we just helped a customer undergo a recent railing transformation.  This customer had railings, posts, and stringers that were varnished and they wanted to update the look.  They decided to go with a two-tone look – white spindles and darker handrails and posts.  I’ll go through all the steps we did, along with the materials used.


Stair Railing in Toronto Home - House Painters, CAM Painters


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First off let’s take a look at the materials list that was needed for the railing project:

Toronto Home Railing Project: Materials

  • Drop sheets
  • Plastic film
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloths
  • White-pigmented shellac based primer
  • Brushes
  • Mini – roller cages and sleeves
  • Roller trays

The customer was having the carpet replaced as well, so here was the process that they used:

Toronto Home Railing Project: Carpet Replacement

  • The carpet was removed
  • They had us into paint when there was no carpet
  • The new carpet was installed
  • We came back and did a half hour of touch-ups

Toronto Home Railing Project: Painting

Step 1: We sanded the surface

Paint doesn’t stick as well to glossy surfaces which are prevalent with railings, so we gave everything a quick sand with a fine 220 grit sandpaper.  This opens up the top layer of the varnish and allows the primer to penetrate deeper into the surface and create a better bond.

Step 2:  We primed

We wanted to ensure that we had the most durable paint system that we could get, so priming was essential.  Primer bonds to the railings surface and allows the finish coat to bond to it.   An aggressive primer is needed to stick to a varnished surface because the varnish is so hard and glossy, so we chose white-pigmented shellac.  Shellac bonds better than latex-based primers and even oil-based primers too, so it was the best choice in this case.

READ: Toronto Home Painting Tip: Steps for Painting Stained or Varnished Wood


Shellac Primer Applied to Railing - House Painters, CAM Painters

Shellac primer applied


Step 3:  We painted

When multiple colours are used I like to put a marked up picture in our project management app for quick reference, so that all my guys know what colour goes where.  It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and I think this is an instance that proves that saying right!

We did 2 coats of each colour using Sherwin Williams ProClassic Waterborne Alkyd.  This paint dries very hard and durable and is suited for high-traffic areas like railings.

Step 4:  We came back to do some touching up

The new carpet was installed, and the carpet installers did a wonderful job.  However, even though they were very careful, a little damage was done to some of the spindles and posts.  So after they finished, we came back and looked over the entire project and touched up the areas which required touching up.

READ: 3 Things Your Toronto Home Painter Wants You to Know


Finished Stair Railing Project - House Painters, CAM Painters

All done!

Railing With Descriptions of Work - House Painters, CAM Painters

Marked up picture











There you have it, from a dated stairwell to a thoroughly updated look!

Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!

Toronto Home Painting Tips: Interior Painting For Large Homes

Toronto Home Painting Tips: Interior Painting For Large Homes

Not all Toronto home painting contractors are created equal, some are better equipped to handle larger projects than others.  Interior painting on Toronto homes that are larger than 4000 square feet can be difficult. Here are some questions you should ask your painting contractor before undergoing the project.

Interior Painting Question 1: How many experienced interior painters do you have working for you?

Larger projects can drag on if not enough painters are working on it.  If your interior painting contractor is a solo-prenuer or has only one employee it could take a month or two to paint your home.

At CAM Painters we currently have 4 experienced interior painters.  For smaller projects, we run 2 crews of 2 painters and for larger projects, we combine the crews and run 1 crew of 4 painters.  This gives us the flexibility to take on both large and small projects and get them done in a timely fashion.

READ: 3 Things Your Toronto Home Painter Wants You to Know

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Interior Painting Question 2: Do you have experience working on larger projects?

Many painting contractors, especially when starting out, are more used to smaller jobs.

Many inexperienced painters will jump at the chance to quote on a larger project, however, they soon find themselves over their heads.

With larger projects, more organization is needed to keep the project on track. CAM Painters uses project management software, which allows us to:

  1. Keep all the little details straight, and the bigger the project the more little details there are
  2. Keep production goals in front of us so that your project is finished in a timely manner.

READ: Interior Painting: How Much Will It Cost For My Toronto Home? 

Interior Painting Toronto Living Room - Toronto Home Painting - House Painters, CAM Painters

Interior Painting Question 3: Can you show me some of the larger projects you’ve worked on?Interior Painting Toronto Home Trim - Toronto Home Painting - House Painters, CAM Painters

Ask if you can see pictures of a larger project that your painting contractor has worked on.  Ask for references for some larger homes that they have painted, contact those people and ask how their experience was.

An interior painting contractor that doesn’t have experience with larger projects won’t be able to produce those, and that will weed them out of the bidding process.

If you’d like a quote for your larger Toronto home, please schedule a quote.  CAM Painters would be happy to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!