“Cutting in” while painting can be a difficult process.
Personally speaking, it is probably my least-favorite part of painting.
Well, besides the boring prep work.
In this article, we will go over useful tips that will help you do the job right. We’ll also discuss some of the most common mistakes that people make.
1. Get a good “cutting in” brush.
The $5 brush that you purchased at your local hardware store might have seemed like a great bargain at the time.
However, it is probably going to cause you more hassle than it’s worth. By the time you’ve finished, you will have paid for it with both your time and sanity.
Before starting a new painting job, you should try to find a high-quality angled sash brush.
It will make a huge difference.
2. Paint the ceiling first.
Do not start with the walls. If you intend on painting the ceiling, then start with that. That way, you won’t have to worry about paint dripping down onto the walls while you are cutting in around the ceiling.
To be honest, it is usually a good idea to paint the ceiling as well.
It might look OK to you now, but it will probably end up looking faded or yellowy in comparison to your freshly-painted walls.
You do not want to spend hours painting your walls, only to finish and think, “Damn, I should have really painted the ceiling as well.”
3. Let the ceiling dry before you “cut in” on the walls.
If you have just finished painting the ceiling, then let it dry before you attempt to cut in on the walls.
Generally speaking, you should always paint from the top of your room to the bottom.
4. Keep a damp cloth nearby.
If you are new to this, then you are going to get dabs of paint on the ceiling while you are cutting in on the walls.
That is just how it is. Having a damp cloth nearby means that you can easily wipe the paint off the ceiling and try again.
This is why we recommend letting the ceiling dry first. If it is dry, then the paint will wipe straight off it and you won’t be smudging up your ceiling’s paint job.
To create a precise cleaning tool, you can wrap a putty or spackle knife in a damp cloth.
Remember that mistakes will always happen. You just have to be prepared for them.
5. Always “cut in” before you roll the walls.
You should always cut in on a wall before you use the roller. That is the rule.
6. Hold the brush like a pen to avoid getting tired.
By holding the brush like a pen, you can prevent your arms, wrists, and hands from becoming tired too quickly.
This will also allow you to make much more accurate brush strokes.
7. Use a small paint container.
Buy a small container that you can pour paint into and carry around with you.
A small container is useful for two reasons:
- You won’t have to carry around a full bucket of paint.
- It will help to prevent you from getting too much paint on your brush.
Only pour about an inch of paint into this small container, as that will help you to avoid getting too much paint on your “cutting in” brush.
8. Start about an inch away from the “danger zone”.
To avoid dabbing too much paint in the corner, start about an inch away from the area you are “cutting in” on.
Then, once your brush has made contact with the wall, drag it upwards in a diagonal line towards the “danger zone.”
Finally, drag it along the edge of the “danger zone” in a straight line.
While doing this, you should try and maintain a quick and steady pace. If you go too slowly, the line will probably end up looking uneven.
A good example of this can be seen in the video below: