Ask a Pro, painting the perfect straight line for the do-it-yourselfers.
One of the first things I hear from many of our clients in their previous experiences painting a room is how do you paint such a straight line without using tape?
Well after 30 years painting residential and commercial areas I always answer... experience.
But that is not really the case.
There are many tips of ensuring that you are able to paint a straight line by the ceiling, door frames and baseboard areas. The term "Cutting" in a room with paint is a professional term that I would like to acknowledge in this article.
For picture perfect straight lines, use the following steps:
- Use a very good polyester nylon brush preferably 2/12 inches wide with an angle. It is worth it to invest in a more expensive brush, as it will perform better and if washed probably will last you for future projects.
- Always pour the paint you are using into another empty gallon or tray and to a maximum of a quarter full. This ensures that the brush is not fully saturated with paint, and easier to work from.
- Dip the brush just enough to cover the top half of the brush (less is better) and tap it gently on side of the can to remove excesses paint. I always advise not to remove the paint you have applied to the brush and remove the excess paint on the paint can lid. It defeats the purpose saturating the brush and ultimately makes the project take longer to do. Add a liberal amount of paint on the first coat. BE CONFIDENT!
- First start from top to bottom; meaning "cut" in the ceiling first, then door frames, and then baseboards. If you are hesitant, green line tape or quick release tape can be used on the baseboard to guard it when you’re making your straight line and the eventual rolling that will commence.
- The use of a safety grade ladder ensures that you are well positioned to paint a straight line on higher elevations. I recommend a four foot ladder with a tray to hold the gallon you are working from.
- I always recommend "cutting" in a 3-4 inch line to roll into. This helps the roller overlap the painted lines and helps ensure proper coverage. Off load the paint from your brush just below or against the side of the door and window frames and gently move the paint towards the line you would like to create.
- Start with one wall and complete it before starting the next wall so that the wall has a frame of paint around it.
- Don't hurry to get the roller out and start rolling into the frames you have created with your brush. The newer generation of paints will dry as long as the lines you have created are even but please be careful not to leave thicker lines, always smooth them out with your brush. THEY WILL dry hard and that means sanding them out before you roll into them.
- When you are ready begin to roll the paint on liberally. Most paints require two coats of paint to achieve the depth and true colour value.
- Before you know it, you have a wonderfully painted living room dining room kitchen or bedroom!
- It’s always a good idea to cover the flooring and remove as much furniture from the room before starting your painting project.
- If your unsure about a tight area or hard to reach place to paint... then there’s always green fast release tape
Content courtesy of Paul
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