What Is The Proper Edging Technique For Interior Painting?

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When you are planning to paint the inside of your home, there are a few things you need to do first to prepare. One of these things is edging. This is the process of cutting in to the border of the walls you are painting, in order to have a guide for painting the rest of the wall. If you are new to interior painting, these edging tips will help you get it done right.

Wet and Spin Dry the Paintbrush

Before you start edging the area you are going to paint, you need to prepare the paintbrush. Take the dry paintbrush and dunk it into a bucket of water. After the bristled are soaked, attach a spin dryer to the paintbrush. Hold it inside a dry bucket, and spin it slowly to get rid of any excess water. The paintbrush bristles should still feel slightly damp, but not wet or dripping too much.

Start the Edging

For the first start of edging, you only want paint on a little more than half of the bristles. Carefully dip your paintbrush into the paint, being sure not to cover all of the bristles with paint. Let the excess paint drip off, then apply it to the edge of the wall you are painting. You want to apply a thin, vertical stripe that is parallel to the ceiling, though it should be about an inch from the edge. Now, flare out the bristles of the paintbrush by pushing down on it gently. This lets you glide the bristles along the edge, without going over the edge you're trying to paint.

Get More Paint As Needed

A common mistake made when edging for interior painting is using too little paint. Don't try to rush the edging by only using the paint you got on the first dip. As you edge the wall or door you are trying to paint, get more paint as needed. As soon as you see the painted line is lighter than previously, you know it is time to dip the brush again. Remember if you're going to paint the crown molding or casing after the wall, you can let the cut-in go over onto the molding slightly.

Keep the Paintbrush Wet

If you notice the paint is starting to dry near the top portion of the bristles, stop what you are doing and wash them. Wash the bristles thoroughly, then repeat the process to once again wet them, spin dry, and dip the paintbrush in paint again. When you get to the bottom of the wall, you will repeat the same process for edging. If the baseboards are getting painted, you can overlap onto them slightly. Otherwise, they should be taped off first. For further assistance, contact professionals, such as those from M.S. Service Inc.

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