If you’re painting a room, chances are that you want it to look professional. No one wants to have company over only to have to explain that you did, in fact, paint the room yourself, which is glaringly obvious because of the uneven paint lines. Luckily, there are tips you can follow to achieve professional cut lines, making your do-it-yourself paint job look a lot more professional.
Work from a Paint Tray
In order to achieve professional lines, avoid dipping your paint brush into the full paint bucket. Many people, when painting, try to skimp on costs by not purchasing trays for their paint. This is a big mistake, though, if you’re trying to make your room look as if it was done by a professional. When dipping your paint into a full paint bucket, you risk dipping your brush too deep. A brush smothered in paint is far more likely to smudge and drip.
Working from a tray also eliminates some of the need for wiping the brush off along the sides of the bucket. Instead, patting excess paint off on the side of the tray will ensure that there is still enough paint to cover the necessary area.
Angled Brushes Do it Better
When painting, it’s best to use an angled brush as opposed to a flat brush to achieve professional cut lines. Angled brushes are actually easier to control, especially in tight spaces. Angled brushes are effective for corners and fanning the bristles out will help achieve a flat, straight line of paint.
In addition to angled brushes, it’s best to wiggle the brush into corners. Wiggling helps to spread the paint into corners, ensuring that you aren’t missing any spots but also not running the risk of your paint covering something that it isn’t supposed to cover.
Try it Without the Tape
While taping can certainly help some painters who haven’t quite learned to cut lines yet, it can actually be inhibiting to those with a steady hand. Sometimes tape does the exact opposite of what it’s intended. Paint still has an opportunity to creep behind the tape, leaving splotches of color where there shouldn’t be any. Additionally, tape can actually ruin the paint it’s attached to. If not removed carefully, the tape can bring the paint with it, making for ragged and unprofessional-looking lines. If you’re comfortable avoiding the tape, leave it behind for your painting projects. If avoiding the tape scares you, consider using some form of putty knife to hold the tape down as you paint your lines and use the same knife to help you carefully lift and remove the tape after you finish.
If you’re trying to achieve a professional look, you need the right lighting. Painting becomes nearly impossible in low light because you might not see the line properly. If you can, work up close on a ladder if necessary. As you’re painting the top of the wall, try to get as close to the ceiling as possible for a straightforward look at the lines you’re creating. If the light in the room does not get bright enough without your body casting a shadow on the paint, consider using a headlamp to ensure optimal brightness.