Do you paint?
Do you want to?
I have been painting for 30 years. We have owned and painted four houses we lived in (multiple times), three we flipped, two we renovated and helped others paint. I am always learning new tricks, and would like to share with you some tips I have learned along way.
One of the hardest parts of painting is getting a straight edge to give it that professional look.
When I started to paint I used painters tape all the time. It makes a nice straight edge, but it definitely has its disadvantages.
- It takes a lot longer to prepare to paint.
- It costs more than if you didn’t have to use it.
- The paint sometimes gets under the tape. Then you have to repaint where the paint leaked.
- If you don’t take the tape off while the paint is still wet, it is harder to remove.
Look how nice the edges look!
Every edge is perfect! Read More to find out how to get this edge…
I use the edger shown below. I bought my edger several years ago, but while I was in the paint department I thought I would take a picture to show you it only costs $5 and if you clean the pad out well it will last for several jobs. They sell replacement pads also. (Buying tape for each room adds up $$.)
Here is a short video of how to paint a perfect edge every time. (Only 3 min. long)
- Don’t get to much paint on the pad. This is the most important!
- Use a paint tray with the little bumps on it (like the one below).
- Roll a small amount of paint up onto the bumped area.
- Dab the paint edger into the paint gently.
- Keep the rollers clean.
- Keep a damp rag handy.
- If you get too much paint on the pad, get excess off by either spreading it on a wall area or if there is really too much, wash, dry, and start over.
- Don’t leave a thick edge from the back end or a ridge will show when you are done.
- If you get interrupted for any amount of time put the pad on the paint in the bumped area and then put the whole tray in a kitchen trash bag.
I am letting you know all these tips because I learned the hard way and got frustrated several times. This is not hard to do once you know these tips. I have my teens edging for me sometimes. If they can do it, so can you!
Be sure to watch the video to see how to use this edger and to see these tips in action.
If you follow these tips you will have the perfect edge and this makes painting faster and more enjoyable.
This is not a review for this product. This is just something I like to use and I am not getting anything for this.
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