If you’ve painted an interior wall, you know about the importance of cut lines. You may have heard someone refer to this process as “cutting in.” Whatever term you use, the technique is used to paint the edges of walls, a ceiling line, around windows and doors, and along baseboards, to name several areas. When you plan to handle painting walls on your own, you will need to develop a steady, soft touch because these are areas that a roller or large brush won’t get to.
In addition to using good paint, which will definitely make the job easier, you should make sure that you have the right kind of brush. In addition, you’ll save yourself a lot of frustration if you spend a bit more for a quality brush. Your choice of brush can make all the difference in your application of paint in those tight areas mentioned.
Small Brush: Not Necessarily Better
To get the best results, take a few extra minutes to find the right brush! Ask the experts at your paint supply store so they can guide you to the brush for your purpose. Don’t make the amateur mistake of believing that the smallest brush is the best for cut lines. In fact, most experts will use a larger brush because it helps produce straighter lines. The reason? Bristles on the larger brush stay together better.
When you have quality paint on hand and the right brush, you may think that you’re ready to begin. But you may want to ask this important question. Do you need to use tape to help you make perfect lines? The answer: Not if you have a steady hand and take your time. There are some exceptions, however. If you’re not going to put fresh paint on window frames or door frames, it would probably be a good idea to use tape to get a clean finish.
The first bit of important advice from the experts involves how you hold the brush. Don’t just grab it and start painting. You should hold the brush with the same grip that you’d use to hold a pen. This gives you better control in those tight space. When putting paint on the brush, dip into the paint only until about one-third of the bristle length is covered.
You can gently tap the brush on the inside edge of the can to remove some paint but it’s probably best not to scrape or drag the paint off. Try to get just the right touch with the right amount of paint soaking into the brush. This will make it easier to get coverage without pressing so hard with the brush. But you should also put some paint on the wall near the edge that you’ll be painting. Don’t start cutting in that line immediately – not with a brush dripping with paint.
Use the paint that you applied near your line and start spreading slowly along the edge. Make the brush glide slowly at a 45-degree angle. The key is to move the brush slowly so your line is tight. It’s essential to repeat this process if you add additional coats.