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The "Cutting In" Technique

Cutting in means using a paintbrush to draw a straight line in areas that are too difficult for paint rollers to reach such as trims, moldings, baseboards, corners, or ceiling lines. Using a brush can properly maneuver around the tight space. The cutting in method does not need to use painter's tape or masking tape. Painting the edges of the wall whether horizontal or vertical requires technique and precision.


Benefits Of Using Cutting In Technique


1. As you don't need to buy expensive painter's tape, you're painting cost will definitely be reduced.

2. Since you won't be using painter's tape, you don't need to wait for the paint to dry before removing the tape.

3. If you will use more than one color, cutting in gives you the opportunity to start painting immediately with minimum preparation.

4. It is a time saver because those areas that need cutting-in do not need to have painter's tape.


How to Cut-In Like A Pro


This technique is not easy to do as it requires practice and mastery. Follow the below steps:


1. Getting the right tool to start with is the first step, using an angled brush or sash brush of 2 1/2 inches wide is recommended. Use a smaller sash brush if you are cutting-in in for small woodwork or windows. A cut bucket with no lip is best to use so the paint won't accumulate in the lid.


2. Hold the brush as if you are holding a pen with a relaxed grip, placing your near the bristles


3. Dip the brush into the paint can 1/3 of the bristle length. Dip the brush inside the bucket to ensure that all bristles are saturated with paint. Our goal is to soak the paintbrush to make sure the paint penetrates the hidden bristle for smooth application.


4. Apply the paint on the wall immediately close to the edge you needed to paint. At this point you are not yet cutting in, you just need to get the paint on the surface. Do not approach the joint or corner yet having a fully loaded paintbrush. Return to the applied paint and slowly start spreading the paint into the edge.


5. Glide the brush on the edge at a 45-degree angle in a curve motion making sure that you are reaching the tight areas. You will achieve a more precise brush line with a slower paint spread application. Make sure to cut in on every coat of paint that is applied.


Remember to cut in first every time then continue painting using a roller. Cut in and paint with a roller one wall at a time. Do not cut in all areas first then roll the entire room as the areas with cutting in will dry up fast, this will result in an uneven and patchy finish. Paint a strip at around 50mm wide as you need to paint a strip that will allow you to be near to the side with your roller but not too broad that your wall dries uneven and having visible lines. Be certain to cut in on all the coats of paint that you apply.

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