One of the most distressing tasks for newbie painters is painting edges in a room corner. A professional painter can skillfully paint a sharp line with just a graceful stroke of the brush. But since not all of us are as adept with the paintbrush, here are 7 things you should keep in mind while painting room corners to help you obtain that highly coveted clean line at the edges:
- Using a paintbrush– If you’ve got a steady hand, using a paintbrush could be the easiest option for you. While this may seem pretty straightforward, what matters the most is the type of paintbrush you use and how you use it. It is recommended to use a high quality 2 or 21/2 inch brush. Once you’ve got the right brush, dip only the lower end of the bristles into paint. Over-saturation makes even the best of brushes difficult to control.
- Painter’s Tape– If you’re a bit on the clumsy side with the paintbrush, painter’s tape is always there to help you out. Just stick the tape smoothly on the next to the edge of the wall you’re about to paint and paint away. After the paint is a bit dry, peel off the tape carefully and feast your eyes on a clear cut line separating your walls.
- Paint Edgers– While the general consensus among professional painters and experienced DIY painters is that paint edgers are pretty much worthless; they do appear tempting. While most ads show them being used to create perfect edges effortlessly, this is most often not the case. Sure, sometimes they work as advertised and result in effortless and elegant outcomes, but painters are still wary of them as they are also known to clog up and smear paint.
- Patience – One of the most common mistakes that amateur painters make while painting is not waiting for the paint to dry. If you want a clean, sharp line, it is advised that you take your time with the paint and allow it to dry. Patience can be the key to avoiding smudges.
- Clean the surface before painting- If you want to get a clean, fresh finish, you’ll have to start with a clean, fresh canvas. This is especially important whilst using the painter’s tape. Be sure to wipe away the dust and grime with a clean, damp cloth before using the tape so as to prevent the tape from bonding/sticking with the walls and leaving you with a messy line.
- The W Technique- When using a roller to paint the walls, start in the corner of a wall and roll on a three-by-three-foot W pattern, and fill it without lifting the roller, for the most efficiency.
- Don’t Overthink – When you’re looking at the edge from 3 inches away holding a paint brush, the line may not seem too perfect. But don’t fret over getting the “perfect” line, as from a distance; your corners will still look clean, distinguished and elegant.
Though there is the option of hiring a professional, in case you’ve got some time to spare for a DIY painting experience, make sure your corners are the least of your worries through these tips. With these tips in mind, you can make sure your paint job is one that will last with you through thick and thin!