The cards help get a nice crisp edge cause honestly, taping in a circle is the ultimate p.i.t.a. (trying to make a straight edge go round 🙄}... after the first coat on the card the slick surface isn't going to help cause now you're painting a painted card... And I doubt anyone painting rims is only doing one coat.... But if you do only 1, pull the cards while the paint is still wet...Well, that complicates it.🙂 But they're probably cheaper than a roll of masking tape. I can't believe the price of that stuff currently. I wonder if the slick surface of the cards helps to free them from the paint easier than masking tape. A quick look online shows that Walmart has a deck for under a buck. I think I'm going to give it a try next time.
Ahhh... Tell me you're a meaner without saying you're a meaner...😂Absolutely. At work I frequently need to tape around new toilets prior to siliconing the gap to the floor. It's a pain. My best solution so far has been to teach my helper to do that job. 🙃
Gotcha... And "mean" is part of learning any trade... When I was an apprentice learning carpet and tile we always got the crap jobs... Like pulling the padding and the gazillion staples... It's like trade hazing but it teaches you to pay attention to detail 👍Yeah, but sometimes I'm working in megabuck houses with tile & grout that absorbs silicone. On some of those materials there's no wiping it off. And the tape leaves a crisp line. I do the finger trick before pulling the tape. Plus if it's an uneven floor, I need to level the toilet with shims before the silicone. Then hide the shims in the bead.
As for being mean, I've been teaching that guy everything I can, just like I was taught. He's getting to be a pretty good plumber.