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As shown in the accompanying drawing, I use narrow strips of wax paper held in place by bits of masking tape to protect the floor and the wall.
I bought a 25-yard roll of wax paper for $1.50 at the supermarket and cut it into four equal-width rolls with my bandsaw.
For a two-piece baseboard, I put down the wax paper floor strip first and then nailed the base to the wall. Then, with the wall painted, I put the wall strip of wax paper on and installed the base cap.
For one-piece base, I apply both wax paper strips before installing the baseboard.
Then I paint.
Now my shaky cut-ins have sharp edges.
Once the paint dries, I cut away the tape with my utility knife and remove the wax paper. Then I caulk so that the caulk can bond to the wall.
This method works equally well for window casings — especially the side pieces where gravity works in your favor.
Just tape the wax paper at the top and let it unfurl.
— Scott Gibson; East Waterboro, Maine
Tips & Techniques provided by Fine Homebuilding.
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