Why Edge Painting Matters?

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In many renovations the most difficult part is the details. When painting an interior the most difficult details are a uniform flat surface and neat edges. These are achieved by different methods.

Large flat surfaces can be give an smooth finish with roller paint or perhaps spray techniques.

Edges cannot be painted with a roller, at least no if there is a skirting board or window frame in the way. Rather edges need either fine ‘cutting in’ brushwork, or they need to be taped in advance.

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Tapeing edges when painting:

The tape method is popular with hobbyist painters, though some professionals use it too. It gives neat edges without requiring advanced painting skills.

Simpily, painters or masking tape is used to cover the side of an edge that is not to be painted. This means using tape to protect skirting boards, door frames, window frames, and perhaps other objects like light switches.

The tape is put on prior to the painting. Once the painting is done the tape is removed. Some painters suggest removing the tape when the paint is not quite dry.

Never use tape with latex paint, as the paint surface coating tears when the tape is removed.

Brush Cutting In:

Use a sash brush, which has the bristles at an angle. A 3-5 cm brush is about the right size.

With minimal paint on the brush do the edges of the walls. Start 5-10 cm from the edge and carefully push into the edge/corner. Do this before the main painting. Once the edges are dry you can use a roller on the rest of the wall.

Paint Guard

This uses a long, flat length of material with a handle to give a neat edge to the paint. Hold the edge in you non-dominant hand to protect the side not to be painted. And use the brush in your other hand to apply paint.

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Professionals achieve the best results with house painting. Make the best of the home you have. An immaculate paint job is the first step towards fine décor.


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