Friday, December 12, 2008

Tips for neat lines in home painting

Lines are used in a room for many different things. They exist between the ceiling and the wall, at corners, border electrical sockets and form some faux finishes. Horizontal lines make surfaces appear larger than they are and can be used on walls to create a seemingly bigger space.

As with everything else, the tool chosen for the job can make a difference in the end result.
Low tack masking tape (this has less glue and is less likely to tear off paint upon removal) is helpful, if applied at the edges of surfaces that you want protected from your paint job- but be careful when using it. Paint actually can leak under the edges. Using it doesn’t give the painter license to paint without paying attention to detail!

A small brush is handy tool when you want to do corners or fill in distinct areas. By small, I mean three-quarter inch to one and a half inches.
There are certain brushes that have the bristles cut at an angle. These are good to have for going around borders.
You can buy an ordinary brush and make an angled brush yourself by cutting the bristles to an angle as recommended.

A good synthetic brush will work well with the thicker paints that we usually use in the home. The bristles are stiffer, so that gives more control when handling the heavy paint.
Don’t put a lot of paint on the brush at any one time. Put just enough to make the portion of line you want with a single stroke.
When painting the edge of a wall, start in one corner. Gradually go down the edge of the wall.
For very wide lines, use a level to draw your lines, then paint.

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Practise using the different brushes. Your skill will increase and the finish of your work will improve.
Have fun!

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