Painting Edges for Amateurs

I finally figured out how an amateur painter can get an excellent edge. This was after much trial-and-error as we painted our walls in high-contrast colors, making the edges a real pain (and we didn’t want the usual solution of crown molding).

  1. Mask carefully with good masking tape made for painting. Take your time, and make sure the edge of the tape is where you want your dividing line. Mask in 2-3 foot sections at once–one long piece of tape is unwieldy.
  2. Do whatever you’re most comfortable with to paint an edge. I use an angled edging brush, and kind of squash it against the wall. Here’s the trick: don’t paint up to the masking tape. Get as close as you can, and keep the edge as straight as you can, but leave a tiny gap between the paint and the tape.
  3. Take a dry edging brush, and put a tiny amount of paint on it.
  4. Brush several times across a dry surface, like a scrap piece of cardboard. You’re trying to get the brush pretty dry.
  5. Use the dry brush to close the gap between the paint and the edge of the masking tape. Tip: if there’s a little spot where you can’t get paint, leave it. Do not try to force paint into the gap. Touch-ups later are easier than mess-ups now.
  6. Remove masking tape.

This is by far the best edging technique I’ve found, especially with slightly textured walls, and anyone can do it.

1 Responses to Painting Edges for Amateurs

  1. anyone can do it

    I dunno about that — I haven’t tried yet. But I can say that it gives a remarkably straight edge. It’s a pleasure to look at.