Are you looking for ways to ensure that the paint colors in your home offer a stark contrast between wall and trim? Have you always struggled to keep the line as straight as possible when hitting the corners of the room? If so, then you need to learn about the correct process for painting corners.
Doing so can help you get a result that looks crisp and clean. Your guests’ jaws will drop at the look of precious throughout your home.
See below for an in-depth guide that you can use to learn a few painting corner tips that will deliver better results.
1. Observe and Wipe Down
First things first, whether you’re looking to perform condo painting or house painting, you want to make sure you’re taking a tactical approach to paint those corners.
This is where most homeowners set their painting project up to fail. They either rush through painting the corners to save time or lack the proper equipment to paint those corners efficiently.
First, start by observing the area that you intend to paint. Take the time to count out how many corners you’ll need to paint over. Contrary to popular belief, that doesn’t just mean the corners of the room. You’ll also want to carefully paint around the chair railing, crown molding, and so forth.
Once you count out all the corners that need to be tended to, grab a microfiber cloth and carefully wipe down all the surfaces. This will remove the dust and dirt from the surface, which will give you a cleaner, more desirable look at the end.
Many homeowners don’t realize the diligence that’s needed to do a paint job the right way. If you’re wanting the best results possible, be sure to hire a trusted professional painting service. It’s the only way to ensure optimal results.
2. Tape Twice Over
For most DIYers, the struggles they face are in the details. For example, many people either choose to apply painter’s tape one time or (even worse) they decide not to apply it at all.
Doing either of these can be the demise of your entire project. Not applying painter’s tape at all is essentially guaranteeing that you’ll have messy corners and paint that bleeds over your wall’s detailing features. Only apply it once, believe it or not, heightens the chance that you’ll have some paint bleed into the corners as well.
After you’ve removed the dust with a microfiber cloth, be sure to apply the first round of painter’s tape carefully, having it meet the very edge of the corner. There are tape applicator tools that you can purchase for a better result. Make sure to press down along the entire edge of the tape to make sure it’s secure. You can also use a putty knife (if you have one).
Once the first round of tape is applied, it’s time to put on a second wave! Place the second round of tape over the first layer, making sure it extends slightly further than the first layer. This will protect it from any bleeding and give you those crisp lines.
3. Detail First
This might be the biggest mistake that DIYers make. They use a roller or large brush for the body of the wall, then wait until the very end to paint the corners. It should be the other way around!
Once your painter’s tape is in place, grab a small brush (no bigger than two and a half inches) and begin to apply the paint to the corner. Start from the inside of the corner’s nook, then brush outwards towards the wall’s body and downward, at a 5 o’clock or 4 o’clock angle.
After the first layer of paint is applied to the corners, be sure to go over it a second time. This will help reduce the visibility of brush marks and allow them to blend with the rest of the wall’s paint pattern.
4. Roll the Corners
Now that you have touched up the innermost portion of the corners, be sure to grab your roller, without any extra paint, and roll over the paint you’ve just applied. Be careful not to touch the other wall with the edge of the roller.
Rolling the paint can help you avoid any bubbling or uneven paint. This is common when painting the corners since it can take a few tries to completely cover certain areas.
Rolling the corners will also eliminate any risk of visible brush strokes. It will ensure that your new wall paint color looks consistent from end to end.
5. Carefully Remove Painter’s Tape
Notice that we said carefully. Pulling the painter’s tape off too fast can lead to an undesirable result. It can tear the paint off from the wall and cause an uneven line.
Tear off the painter’s tape in waves. Start by pulling off the second layer at a steady pace. Once the second layer is removed, tear off the first round of painter’s tape.
You should see a firm line, assuming you followed all the steps above. If not, then bring a professional in to touch up your project or hire one from the start to guarantee a better result.
Painting Corners: Skip the DIY, Hire a Professional
Listen, we’re all for homeowners taking pride in the DIY projects. However, when it comes to painting corners, it’s better to have a professional use their attention to detail.
Be sure to read this article for more information on why Brush Masters is the painting company that you need for your project.
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