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CUTTING IN

Rolling or spraying is the fastest and best way to get your paint job done. Unfortunately, you won't be able to use these techniques for the whole project. At the edges of the surface to be painted, or around any windows, doors, etc., these methods are not precise enough to form the clean, straight edge that you need. Think of coloring in a coloring book. To make the picture look its best, you go carefully around the edges first, creating a buffer, and then you can go faster in-between. This is exactly what you must do when painting a room as well.

After preparation, and determining what kind of primer and paint you are using, you are ready to begin. Note that if you're using a primer, you'll be applying that first, but for this article we'll just refer to the material being used as paint. It is the same process for both.

Your first step is to open the paint can. To do this, you need a putty knife or a screwdriver. Get the end of the tool under the rim of the lid and press down on the opposite end of the tool, using it as a lever. Continue doing this around the lid, until it comes off. You can now either work right out of the can, or you can pour the paint into a small bucket and work from that.

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Now grab your brush. The best brushes for cutting in are 3" or 4" flat-edge brushes. You also need to choose a brush based on whether you are using latex or alkyd paint. Now dip about a quarter of the brush's bristles into the paint. Then tap the bristles from side to side, on the inside of the can or bucket, to get the excess paint off and prevent it from dripping off the brush.

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Now take the brush and apply the paint parallel to the edge, just a few centimeters away from it. This will form a nice buffer. Do this for a few feet, then go back to the starting point. You can now use the wet paint on the wall to finish the edge - this is better than having to dip your brush again, because if you did, you would most likely have an excess of paint along the edge, making it messy and difficult to work with. Now use the bristles to sort of "push" the wet paint to the edge, then slowly go down the edge. Stay calm and steady and realize that the flat edge of the brush will actually create the line for you. Watch the line being created and if it looks like it's veering at all, make a slight adjustment in the opposite direction - similar to when you're steering your car. If the paint starts to thin, you can stop and push more of the wet paint to the edge, then continue again. Go as slow as you need to, but when you feel like you're getting the hang of it, don't be afraid to try going just a slight bit faster. Also keep in mind that no human, not even the professionals, can make a perfectly straight line, so don't fret if it's a little wavy.

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