PAINTING HOUSE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR


CUTTING IN


I assume you've used this site to get an idea for your painting house interior and have visited the SETUP and PREPPING pages. Below are step by step instructions for operating your bristled haired tool. Have fun and try not to drip paint on your toes. Your helpers tootsies are a different matter. Remember to buy a quality two and a half inch sash brush when you purchase your paint, and cut can from your coating dealer. You'll also need a step ladder I find the platform style works best for most jobs. You of course should use whatever you already own.


If you use a different type of container other than a handled paint can for your painting house interior project it'll make the ends of the brush hairs (flags) absorb to much product. In the end you'll have less control over your tool and the entire wall coating process. Then again what do I know, use the coffee tin if you like. Painting isn't rocket science. Work with what you have and do the best you can with your painting house interior projects.

2. Fill your can with your chosen color. You should have liquid covering one third of the bottom of the container. The quantity of paint you pour depends on many factors. A smaller amount means less to spill, easier to carry, and won't drench the brush. More colored goo on the other hand means fewer trips for refills. After knocking over a half full tin of paint I quickly learned how much was to much clean up when I was doing a painting house interior.

3. We haven't even got the brush wet and were getting into styles for each painter. The billion dollar question "how do you hold the can". As little as possible is my answer. My tired old hands can't tolerate carting a tin around so I leave in on my platform step. One of the best tools I own is my little ladder. It has a place for my can to sit and the deck is wide enough for me to stand on. When I'm cutting in a room I'm at the perfect height. If I need to paint around a window my paint tin sits on the area where I would normally stand. A professional doing a painting house interior project would hook her thumb over the top of the container handle while holding the bottom of the can with her remaining four fingers. She would cringe for me mentioning the following techniques but hear goes. Put the can in a headlock. Meaning wrap your arm around the entire container while holding the handle. If you can't decide stick with carrying it like a lunch box. Use your thigh to tip the can out when dipping the brush. Do whatever’s comfortable and works for you and your painting house interior.

4. Hears the part where I’m a real stickler. Learning how to properly hold a brush is the main technique for doing a top notch painting house interior job. Clinching the stick end of your paint applicator as if you where conducting the Philharmonic Orchestra is not a good plan. Doing so will leave your hand tired and projects completed in such a manner tend to look sloppy and unprofessional. By griping the brush like a pencil you'll have control, speed and less strain on your fingers. The tapered handle and curve should rest between your thumb and first finger. The thumb should be pressed against the metalcasing while fingers should be slightly bent and touching the steel on the other side of the bristle tool. Make it sit comfortable with the curve and the handle positioned in your palm. A sash brush has an angled shape your pointy finger should be in line with the longest of the sloped filaments. Heel facing you and tip pointing in the other direction.

5. You want to be able to cut in both walls that that are joined at the corners of the room simultaniously. Take your step to the center of the right angled corner. Set it so that your situated far enough back to reach both left and right walls. The object of your painting house interior is to get as much product on as possible in the fewest amount of moves.

6. Dip the end of your brush into the paint. About an inch and a half from the bottom of the hairs up should now have paint on them. Be sure you have enough paint in the tin at all times. Your brush shouldn't be touching the bottom of the can, if it does refill the can. Pushing the filaments across the lower part of the container will make your bristles absorb to much liquid and ruin your painting house interior project. Excessive moisture causes the brush to be soft and floppy making the paint unmanageable.

7. Most professional painters will tap the bristles onto the inside of the can to remove excess paint. You can do this to. As for my self, while holding the tin thumb style I lay the widest part of the brush flat against the lip of the can. I lightly draw towards me as if I where sweeping dust across the top of a table. I do this for both sides and the heel (back) of the brush. Using this technique If you can't keep color from touching a not to be coated surface you have to much liquid on the brush. On the other hand a dipped bristle tool that'll only cut a foot or two in length is to dry. The way I remove excess paint from my brush is not recommended by most manufactures. They claim sliding the filaments across the metal surface of a can flattens the flags. Translation, it becomes less absorbent and harder to control. They are correct of course and the reason I do it is because it works for me. I end up buying more brushes but I feel I paint a straighter line when I have less paint on the hairs. You will need to decide what works best for you. I know contractors who use the tap method for there painting house interior jobs and cut a razor sharp line.

8. About one or two inches down from the ceiling (depends on your paint and bristled tool) place the heel onto the wall. The widest part of your brush holding hand and the ceiling should be angled down yet parallel to each other. The filaments should be slightly compressed and the heel twisted gently towards the floor. In short. Dip the brush, lightly wipe the filaments excluding the very tip, lift your hand and the width of the brush horizontal to the ceiling, heel first compress the hairs softly, twist a little, paint a line. The painted strip should be two or three feet long and an inch to two below where the wall and ceiling meet. Now, put the dry brush back to your start point where you've painted the wall. Angle, twist and push then paint towards the ceiling. The brush should turned and tilted enough for you to see the tip of sash and where the liquid is going. Compare it to pushing a small glue coated necklace around using a flat wide stick. Starting from the clasp of the tiny sticky beads push them into a crevice in the floor. Use less paint if the beads is to big more if it's to small. When you see your sash tip touch the ceiling and not disperse paint yet leave a sharp line, you'll have mastered the art of cutting in. You should now have a solid paint line the length of your wall and about two or three inches wide. Comleate the upper part of the room and proceed to the rest of your painting house interior. Finish by cutting in the corners and around your doors, windows, baseboards ets.


There are some painters who always draw the three foot long line of paint then push it up to where the ceiling and wall meets. They say it lets them cut a longer line and in doing so saves time. As for Myself I've learn the key is in knowing how much paint needs to be on the brush. Twisting the filaments and angling so you can see the tip distribute paint is also an important skill. Practice is the only way to help you become faster and still do a good job of your painting house interior.


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