This Genius Paint Hack Will Help You Get Perfectly Clean Lines

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There's nothing worse than peeling back painter's tape, only to realize that the paint has bled through. After all, it can be frustrating to fix, not to mention time-consuming AF. But thanks to TikTok user @brandontgentry, we recently learned how to prevent this from happening in the first place.


In a video, @brandontgentry demonstrates the hack while painting a staircase molding. He applies painter's tape as usual, but tops off the seam with a bead (i.e., line) of caulk. Next, he uses his finger to smear the caulk along the seam, then applies the paint while the caulk is still wet.

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As soon as he's done painting, he peels away the painter's tape to reveal a perfectly clean line. So easy!


"I just tried it when I was painting a room in my house; it worked great," commented a TikTok user. "Some professional painters will laugh, but I don't paint everyday." Another person said the technique works well if you're trying to paint a rounded corner. Good to know.


Needless to say, we'll definitely be pocketing this painting hack for future home renovations. For the full demonstration, check out @brandontgentry's TikTok video.

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When it comes to painting, tips and tricks can be actual gamechanger. Here are some of our favorite hacks we've covered in the past:


Happy painting!



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