How To Cut Out When Painting Drywall

One of the most popular home renovations is a simple paint job. However, painting your interior can be messy if you are not fully prepared. Also, painting the straight lines along the edges and corners of your drywall surfaces is pretty difficult. This process of painting it called "cutting out." To master cutting out you will need a little bit of practice. This article will show a special technique that will allow you to paint the cleanest and straightest lines.

Taping Off

The first step is to invest in basic painter's tape and apply along the edges you are going to paint. Make sure you push down on the tape thoroughly to create a tight seal, especially along the edge you are painting. To get a solid seal you might want to push down with a small towel or washcloth. This will ensure that the tape is stuck in the small crevices and bumps along your textured wall.

Adding Spackle Paste

The key to this technique is adding lightweight spackle paste along the edge you are painting. Spread the spackle very thinly. The point is to fill in any edges of the tape that might not be fully stuck to the wall. Paint can seep under the tape near even the smallest bumps and ridges on drywall texture. However, when you spread spackle along the line, it fills it in and seals the edge of the tape.

Painting the Edges

You can actually start painting the edge before the spackle is dried. In fact, it is best to paint and even remove the tape before the spackle has completely dried. Try removing the tape within 3 hours of applying spackle. When painting along the edge, try to paint sparingly. Feel free to paint on top of the tape a little bit, but try to avoid drips and runs in this area. When you peel the tape away from the wall, you should have a perfect line.

It is more practical to cut out the edges of your walls before you paint them with a roller. Paint at least 2" away from the edge so you can roll the rest of the wall, without needing to get too close to the edge with the paint roller.

This simple but effective technique will make it look like you had a professional paint your home. As you practice and move along with your project you will become a better and quicker painter! 


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