6 Tips To Cut In Paint Like A Pro (And Tape Isn’t One)

by Houston Texas Painters - February 21, 2022

When facing a home painting project for the first time, it’s only natural to worry about getting a smooth finish and crisp line on your paint job. 

The best way to ensure you’ll get the best results is by cutting in the paint for wall edges and trim before rolling the paint. Everyone knows it, but it can be a little intimidating for first-timers.

However, you don’t need to worry; with a steady hand and the following tips, the corners, trim,  and edges in your home will seem painted by professionals! Here are seven tips to get the perfect cut-in line for your painting project.   

Tip #1. Cut in one wall at a time

Once you start getting the knack of cutting in paint, it might be tempting to finish this task once and for all and move on to rolling the paint. However, if the cut-in paint dries, it won’t blend smoothly, and you can end up with lap marks and a rough edge.

Work on one wall at a time to get the best results!

Tip #2. Choose the right brush

A painter is as good as its tools, so you better pick a quality brush for cutting in the paint. 

And it’s not only about quality, but also the type of paintbrush you need for the job. An angled 2-⅕-inch brush is often the best choice to get the perfect edge on a wall or ceiling. Consider a smaller sash brush only if you are painting a narrow space—like a window or door frame.

Tip #3. Load the paint correctly

Many homeowners load the paintbrush by dipping the brush into the paint can and then wiping the paint off on the edge of the can. It might be the standard method for loading paint, but it’s not the best way to do it. 

Instead, dip the bristle one inch down the paint, and tap it on the sides of the can—without wiping it. Also, you can better control the amount of paint you load to your brush with a paint pail.

Tip #4. Don’t unload on the edge

When you cut in paint, your objective is to paint a perfect line on the trim or edge. However, that straight line doesn’t need to look perfect after the first stroke. You can unload the paint half an inch away from the edge and then work it up with a second and even third stroke.

Tip #5. Feather the cut-in line

Once you finish cutting in the paint, you need to feather the cut-in line to prevent buildup and rough edges. Take your unloaded brush and drag the paint out of the cut-in line with the bristle. This way, you create a thin layer that will blend better when painting the wall.

Tip #6. Correct mistakes right away

Everyone can make a mistake. However, with a damp rag ready just in case, you can correct an error before it dries. If you need more precision to wipe off the paint, wrap the rag around a putty knife and slide the blade along the edge you want to clean up.

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