Do It Yourself Painting Basics: “Cutting In”
You know what you want from your interior house painting project; you want a room straight out of the magazines. Your home painting must be elegant, functional and beautiful. This interior home painting dream does not include splotchy trim, wavy lines or painted-over electrical outlets, does it?
If you’re serious about painting your home to look out of the pages of Canadian House and Home Magazine, follow these tips for cutting in (secrets of the trade from Toronto Painters).
What is “Cutting In?”
Simply put, it’s the professional painting contractor’s way of saying “painting along the corners and trim carefully with a small brush.” This is one of the most important parts of painting a room (though it can be supplemented with taping) to give you those professional house painter lines. In fact, you can usually see the difference between an amateur and professional paint job simply by noticing the “cut lines” and how straight they are.
Cutting in protects corners and trim from sloppy house painting that may occur from using large paintbrushes or rollers that do not fit will in small spaces.
How to cut in:
The process, while slightly time consuming, is fairly simple and consists of a few easy tasks.
- Get a 2-3” painting brush and a smaller container or empty paint can for holding the paint
- Hold paintbrush like a pencil for extra control
- While each painter has his preference we suggest that you use an angular painting brush because it allows you to get closer to the trim without making a mess that a regular brush would.
Home Painters Toronto Pro Tip
- Dab your brush straight down into the paint then wipe the extra off into the container or bang the sides of the brush on the paint can.
- Make sure the paint brush is saturated but DEFINITELY not overflowing. We remove the excess to prevent dripping.
- Starting about two inches away from the corner, paint a line to remove any additional paint. Make light, long strokes about 12” long against one side of the corner. Go back over the area a second time with your brush out wide to remove any unwanted brush strokes.
- Be careful not to get any paint on the baseboards or floors.
- Some people use low tack painters tape to keep their lines straight but this is only if necessary as it sometimes is more difficult to tape a straight line than to cut it with a brush, especially if the wall or ceiling isn’t straight to begin with.
Don’t forget to cut in around door knobs and windows to make sure that your home painting project looks professional from all sides! When painting a door, cut around the handle before you use a roller to finish up the rest of the it. Be sure that you do the painting of the door the same day because if the “cut in”portion is completely dried before painting the remainder of the door, the colours may not match, even if you use the same paint.
Other tips on how to “Cut In” with a brush:
- If the wall is not straight, don’t follow the line of the wall; make the cut straight. Draw a straight line as if the drywall or wall was straight to start off with.
- Use newer paint brushes if possible. It is difficult to keep your lines straight with an old, worn out the paint brush.
- If you are painting with latex paint, use a nylon brush. For oil paint stick with a bristle brush.
- When you start a new wall either with cutting OR painting, be sure to use paint from the same can for the same wall. If the tint is even slightly off from one can to the next, the difference will be noticeable from the cut to the roll.
Once you are finished cutting in like a professional painting contractor, its time to learn how to paint a wall.
For bigger projects, or if you have a special concept in mind it is best to hire professional Toronto painters to quickly and efficiently paint your house exactly how you want it to look the first time.
With more than 25 years’ experience as painting as professional painters, let our experience do the heavy lifting.
Please call us NOW at 416.494.9095, or email us at Brian@HomePaintersToronto.com to get a quote for your interior painting project.