If you’ve ever done some DIY interior home painting, then you’ve come to the moment in your DIY project where you have to cut the perfect line. Ah yes, the elusive, crisp, sharp-cut paint line between your wall and ceiling (or baseboard).
The struggle is real with these lines. Nothing says DIY paint job more than wobbly paint lines. So how do you avoid wobbly lines? Painters in Clark County, like Corbin Painting, know experience and practice make perfect. Here are some tips to help you get better at cutting the perfect line.
Perfect Line Tip 1 | Use an Angled Brush
This tip might seem like a no brainer, I mean they created the angled brush for this reason right?? Angled brushes work great for cutting lines, especially if you have some experience with painting. To best use this tool, follow these guidelines:
- Use an angled brush that is about 2-inches long. The handle of the brush should fit snugly and comfortably in the palm of your hand.
- Paint the walls and leave about 2-inches of space between the paint and the ceiling or baseboard. Use the shape of your brush to carefully paint the rest of the wall.
Perfect Line Tip 2 | Use Caulk
Pro tip right here. If you want to get the cleanest, crispest line, residential painting pros say use caulk. It seems counterintuitive at first, and then you hear how it’s done. To get the cleanest line you’ve ever seen, invest some time to using the caulk method. This method works great on rounded corners as well.
- Using a level, tape off both sides of the wall, encompass the meeting point and leave about a .5cm gap between the two pieces of tape. Take your time with this.
- Once the tape is on, run a thin bead of caulk into the gap between the tape. Use an ice cube to smooth the caulk.
- Remove the tape immediately for a clean crisp line.
Perfect Line Tip 3 | Try a Tool
Painting a clean line takes practice and there is no shortage of quick-fix tools available to help with this endeavor. These tools can be found in local Clark County hardware stores. If you are unsure, ask a local paint professional such as Steve Corbin on what tool they would recommend.
The plethora of tools available will vary in the method they use to apply the paint. Most tools available help to ensure there is an equal distance between the ceiling/baseboard and the paint.
Using one of these tools is generally pretty easy, many come with wheels to help you move it along the wall.
If you’ve tried using one of the tools and your lines aren’t to your liking- considering giving Corbin Painting a call– these Vancouver, WA professional residential painters are expert line cutters, give them a call today to help with your interior paint job.