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Learning how to "cut" a line is probably the most crucial part of all
painting. If you can master it you are on your way to Professionalism
This Technique applys to cutting a line anywhere: ceilings, casings, mouldings etc.
- First, get just the right amount of paint on your brush: keep it just short of dripping off.
Now, the trick is to BEND the brush bristles and create a visible bristle line-edge of paint
and slide this edge along the line you want to cut to... See Pictures Below
You have to PRESS DOWN quite a bit on the bristles
against the surface to get the brush bristles to bend and give you a fine edge to cut
with... Hint: Do not "overwork" your Brush... Let the paint "FLOW"
onto the surface!
Always take a stroke across first, just next to the cut line and apply some paint to give your
brush a wet surface to slide on, instead of the dry surface
Remember to work out of a bucket that's no more than 1/3 full, and smack the brush against the
inside of the can to get the amount of paint on it, just right; don't wipe it across the rim.
- To Cut into corners, you must "Point" the Bristles and Push them into the area, being
careful to apply Paint only to the surface(s) desired...
Professional Painters can Brush and Cut lines equally well using either hand... this is a firm requirement for all good Painting!
Notice how the bristles are "bent against the surface"...
Here the bristles are just "normal" before pushing against the surface
a "line-edge" to "Cut" with... as in the above picture!
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