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10 tips for painting edges

Paint around the edges of a room before you roll the walls to get a professional finish

10 tips for painting edges

Before you begin rolling the walls, painting the perimeter of a room with a brush, or cutting in as it is called, is an essential part of the decorating process.

Cutting in corners where the two adjoining walls are the same colour is relatively straightforward.

But where beginners can run into trouble is along ceilings, mouldings and other areas that need a perfectly straight line of paint.

To help you increase the speed and accuracy of your technique, here is our foolproof guide to cutting in.

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1. Use a separate pot
1. Use a separate pot
Handyman Magazine

Rather than dipping your brush into the tin the paint comes in, transfer a small amount to a separate container.

Pour only about 25mm of paint into the container, as this will prevent you from dipping in your brush too deep, reduce the weight and make cleaning up easier if you spill any.

Your local hardware store should have plastic paint pots for about $4, or metal containers for about $8.

Removing the rim of an empty paint tin with a can opener will also give you a fully usable container.

 
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