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Related question: Protecting the bottom of the wall while painting vinyl siding

I have some 2" wide green masking tape. I am wondering if the following would be enough protection of the white strip that covers the foundation (below the siding): put down about three feet of the tape but without putting pressure along the bottom, then grasp both ends and fold the whole length of tape up, to make an L-shaped profile.

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A painter friend convinced me not to protect this thing, which he called "flashing." The bottom row of siding sticks out more than the flashing, so with a bit of care I can paint the siding without swiping the top of the flashing. I tried it and it worked well.

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