As a painter and decorator, one of the most important skills you can have is cutting in. This technique allows you to create clean, sharp lines around areas that need to be painted, like window frames or doorways. It takes a bit of practice to get Cutting In right, but once you’ve mastered it, it’ll make your painting jobs much easier – and better looking! Here’s how to paint cutting in like a pro.
Decide on the paint colour you want to use for your project
One of the most exciting things about DIY projects is getting to choose the details, and when it comes to painting, it’s no different. Despite all the possibilities, deciding on the perfect hue can be tricky. You’ll want to consider factors such as how much natural light your project will be exposed to, whether there are other colours in the room that you need to coordinate with, and your personal preference. These factors can lead you to a satisfactory paint colour that truly puts that special touch on your project.
Choose a high-quality paintbrush that is comfortable to hold and has soft bristles
When selecting a high-quality paintbrush, paying close attention to the tool’s comfort level and bristles is essential. A paintbrush should feel comfortable in your hand so that you can work with precision and accuracy on your piece of art. Finding one with soft bristles is also beneficial, as this allows for more refined strokes when painting. With a higher-quality brush, you can reduce frustration and ensure any artwork you produce will be of the highest quality. Taking your time when shopping for a new brush will help guarantee that you are making an informed decision about which one is best for you.
Pour some paint into a small container, so you don’t have to dip it into the can every time
An easy way to organise your painting projects is to pour some paint into a small container. This will save you time since dipping a brush or roller into a large can be messy. Doing this also means you don’t have to worry about securely getting the lid back on each time while keeping the original can of paint safe from dirt, dust and other debris. Having a little paint in multiple containers makes it easier to mix colours or switch between brushes or rollers for different jobs. It’s also much faster than constantly cleaning out your container and reopening the can every time you need more paint.
Begin painting from the top corner of the wall and work your way down
It pays to begin at the top corner when you’re ready to start painting your wall. Working down from the top of the wall gives you better control while providing a smoother finish overall. First, make sure that there are no visible stains or holes in the wall; if so, spackle the holes and use a light-coloured primer for foul stains before continuing. Once you have begun painting, remember that multiple thin coats are usually more effective than one thick coat. And be sure to let every coat thoroughly dry before moving on to additional coats. With some patience and dedication, striving towards an even surface from top to bottom will reward you with an attractive finished product!
Use a light touch when painting around trim or windows, so you don’t get any paint on them
Painting around trim and windows is a tricky job, but patience and the right approach can make it easier. When taking on this task, it’s best to use a light touch. You don’t want to press too hard, or you could leave a layer of paint on your trim or windows when you’re finished. Using the right brush will also help make this job more manageable. Generally, an angled sash brush is best suited for painting around trims and windows because it makes getting into tight spaces much less complicated. Whatever technique you choose, careful attention and extra diligence will ensure that no paint winds up where it doesn’t belong!
Let the first coat of paint dry completely before adding a second coat
Painting can be an art, a hobby, or an unsightly necessary evil. Whichever you find yourself undertaking, one golden rule cannot be ignored: a second coat should never be applied before the first coat has had ample time to dry. If a deft hand has been applied in the first place, viewing even the simplest tints and hues will soon remind us why this rule must be obeyed. Otherwise, what may appear glossy and smooth on the face of it could soon reveal cracking beneath, resulting in an uneven finish – and frustration for the painter. Patience here pays dividends later and may cost more if we do not follow this advice, regardless of our reasons for picking up a brush or roller.
Now that you know how to choose the right paint colour and brushes and what size container to use, you’re ready to start painting! Remember to begin at the top corner of the wall and work your way down. Use a light touch when painting around trim or windows, so you don’t get any paint on them. Once the first coat is dry, add a second coat for the best results. Contact us today if you’re looking for a professional painter and decorator to care for your painting needs!