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How Do You Create Clean Lines While Painting?

Let’s build a scenario together: you’ve been wanting to paint your bathroom for quite some time, and you finally have a Saturday afternoon that is wide open. You collect your materials (drop cloth, a bucket of just the right color, your brush and rollers), and you settle in for a satisfying interior painting project.

If all goes as planned, then great! But if you’re like a lot of folks, you mind find that frustration is lurking around the corner.

When it comes to the process of cutting in around edges, and this abounds in bathrooms, an inexperienced painter can find it all very aggravating. You know, following the line of trim and creating a crisp line, or working your way around the vanity without getting any paint on the woodwork. It’s not a very forgiving process.

So, how do you create those beautiful lines?

Painting a Perfect Seam Between Colors and Surfaces

One short answer that not a lot of folks are excited to hear is that it simply takes time and practice. It’s like having a steady, precise hand while performing any artistic activity: it can be acquired with determination, but doesn’t happen overnight. You might use tape to help, but even that has to be done very carefully and still doesn’t guarantee a perfect line since paint can find its way underneath. Plus, taping an entire room will eat up half your day.

With this in mind, here are a few tips to help you along:

  • Plenty of lighting – Don’t be left in the dark! Shadows make painting extremely difficult.
  • Use the right tool for the job – One brush does not fit all needs. Invest in a quality tool, and for fine detail work try an angled sash brush.
  • Use the right grip – A pencil grip (holding the brush with the same general hand position that you would a pencil) will give you the most control.
  • Load properly – A lot of folks use either way too much or way too little paint, and both mistakes can cause trouble. Load about a third of your bristles, then carefully tap the extra off on the side of your container.
  • Brush excess paint – Brush one stroke a couple of inches from where your edge will be. This removes any unneeded paint, but still leaves you enough to do the brushwork.

Or, Ask a Professional!

An experienced, reputable painting service has craftsmen who can paint crisp lines all day long. As an added bonus, you can watch your project unfold around you and fresh paint revitalize your walls without ever having to put down your mug of coffee.

If you have any questions about a project you have in mind or our services in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us at New Life Painting! It would be our pleasure to help.

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