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BASIC KNOW HOW

WHAT IS CUTTING IN ?

Cutting in is one of the most important painting basics and the way to create feature walls. It’s surprisingly easy to do in a number of ways and there is kissing involved.

Cutting in is the technical term for painting around the edges of the wall or ceiling and along the skirting board so the roller can do its job.

As you can imagine, a round roller cannot get into a corner perfectly. Cutting into the corner is the job for a brush or a pad. The corner where wall and skirting board or ceiling meet should be painted, out to about 5cm width. Then the paint is rolled on.

HOW TO CREATE PROFESSIONAL LOOKING FEATURE WALLS

Feature walls require very neat cutting in, a clean straight line where the dark colour of the feature meets its paler neighbouring wall. There are three techniques that can be used. The line can be made straight with painter’s masking tape, an edger or freehand with the right brush. Here’s the lowdown.




MASKING TAPE

Run a strip of masking tape right into the corner, then you can cut in and be assured of having a perfectly crisp line and the result will look professional.

PAINT EDGER

We do not recommend this tool as it can be pretty messy. I don't think any painting companies on the gold coast will use this

FREEHAND

A good cutting in brush actually helps to create a good, clean line. Those with a good eye and a steady hand will find that the Opal Cutter will make the job quick and easy. Note how the brush should be held for comfort and efficiency.

HOW TO START ROLLING THE PAINT ONCE THE CUTTING IN HAS BEEN DONE

Once the edges of the wall have been outlined to 5cm all around by the cutting in technique, the roller takes over. Here it’s important to just let the paint from the roller ‘kiss’ the edge of the paint that has been cut in. Try not to paint over the cutting in work or you might find that the extra layer of paint creates a shadow effect, a slightly darker colour because there is more paint at that line.

Thanks to our team of gold coast painters for putting this together

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