1. Painting 101 – Cutting in with a brush

1. Painting 101 – Cutting in with a brush


hello youtube just a quick video on cutting in with a paint brush cutting in some walls most of my videos are catered towards painting contractors and other trades people im trying to do some videos for amateur painters, and home owners. people that have only done a little bit of painting maybe one or two houses I also have friends that are tradesmen that done know these things, so it is helpful for them. I have several simple videos like this there are a lot of tricks to painting that need explaining, or you will make a mess. and you will be very slow working. You need to be both fast, and clean to be a good painter. Before you start two things people often do they work straight out of a paint tin. This is an almost certain way to make a mess. It is also very slow, and hard on your arms, back etc. You want a painters pale, or paint pot from any paint store Fill it up about half an inch, maybe three quarters of an inch. Dont fill any more than that. Simply because if you drop it, or it tips over you have a bit of time to get it before you spill paint everywhere It also reduces fatigue, because its lighter. This is an example now of “Cutting In” dip the paint brush wipe off the excess on the sides then brush using the last few bristles starting down below the cornice to wipe off more excess then start coming in nice and close to the cornice using the last few bristles for the detail. This is a lot faster than you will be able to do in the beginning Buy a brush with long bristles, either a synthetic, or a horsehair brush. They are the best types of paint brush. I have only come out an inch from the edge. Alot of professional painters i see, use a 4 inch brush and they come out 2 or 3 inches what that will / can do is give you what is known as a “picture frame” When the wall is finished you will see a square around the wall or “picture frame”. I keep that to a minimum, no more than an inch. That helps reduce the picture framing It also reduces the need to “cut and roll” the wall at the same time. you will get some picture framing, but it wont be noticeable in most places. Because it is so small, your eye wont be drawn to it. You can cut your whole house in like this and then roll the walls later if you like. Its technically wrong, but it is acceptable. You can do high standard work like this. take off the excess paint on the side of the pot then wipe further excess off on the wall, before coming in close with the last few bristles. Dont leave any hard edges on the wall, brush them out you will see them when the paint dries This is alot easier with white walls and white ceiling, or similar colours. If you have a brown wall, and a white ceiling this is a lot harder. Your mistakes are a lot more visible with contrasting colours. When your colours are similar the job is a lot more forgiving. You can get a little tiny bit of paint on the bottom of the cornice if the colours are similar, it wont be AS noticable. Do this exactly as i have shown. Follow what i am doing exactly, dont make up your own thing. The longer the bristles on the brush The easier this job will be You can buy good cheap brushes for $5 or $6 (selleys etc) Sometimes i will spend $30 on a paint brush But you dont have to spend that much You can brush the section above the window first coat Then cut in, and roll the 2nd coat above the window so the texture matches the wall. These are high end tips, for high end work. Keep your cutting in small, is a tip for a high end job or an expensive home. Customers will pick up everything MOST painters i see cut in with 3 or 4 inches of cutting in which is very amateurish It looks like the house has been painted by a plumber. If you are a painter and you do this you should change your ways because it is unprofessional. When you have a wall with a lot of light running along it Sometimes when you walk along the wall you might be able to see your cutting in no matter what you do The way you fix this, is use a FLAT wall paint and you paint the problem wall with FLAT Paint rather than Low Sheen Paint It will hide cutting in and roller marks. The rest of the house, you will be able to use LOW SHEEN paint Keep your brush strokes to 1 inch wide, or 1.5 inches widek Keep your cutting in small, where possible.

2 Comments

  • Derek mccabe says:

    When doing finish coats on walls most painters cut and roll each wall as they got in doing that u should have no pro with picture framing and you roll as tight as you can to the edge ..

  • Derek mccabe says:

    When u cut a hole room in like u did in the video your more than likely get pitcure framing because u suppose to roll when your cut in still wet , also by using bigger brush its faster holes more paint and when cutting in to ceiling lines it should be like lazer lines I dont know how long u being painting dosent sound long but keep up the good work …..

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