How To Paint Straight, Clean Lines

There are many great remodels that you can invest in. Some people like to have new floors installed. Others decide that they want to install crown molding in a certain room. However, these remodels can be quite expensive and they're not always necessary. 

Often, the most essential remodels are the most obvious. For instance, why not just paint your interior walls? New paint on your interior walls will completely change the style and curb appeal of your entire home. This article will explain how to paint around the edges so your paint job looks clean.

Rolling the Majority of the Walls

Most of your interior walls can be painted using a paint roller. This is the easiest part of the job. You will then need to paint around the edges with a fine brush. Painting the edges with a hand brush can often be just as time-consuming as rolling the rest of the walls.

How to Get the Best Lines

When it comes to painting the edges of your walls, you want to use painter's tape. But, by itself, painter's tape will not give you the cleanest lines. You will want to reinforce the tape with lightweight spackling paste. When you use tape without spackle, you often have a very splotchy line because of the wall texture.

Applying Spackling Paste

First, apply the tape as you normally would. You could use a level or yardstick to make sure you apply it as straight as possible. Then, get out the spackling paste. (NOTE: It is important to use lightweight spackle because it is finer and will fill in the tape line). You want to spread the spackling paste over the line of the tape that is going be painted. Wear a latex glove to spread the paste as thinly as possible. The spackle will fill in the invisible gaps underneath the tape where paint can seep in. It is very important that you wipe the excess spackle thoroughly. This will push it in between the crevices and remove any build up that could change the texture of the wall.

When painting along the tape line it is best to start on the wall and lightly go over the tape. Paint sparingly around the edges because mistakes are more noticeable and harder to fix. You can actually remove the tape as soon as you are done painting. You don't need to wait for the paint to dry.

Using spackling paste along every edge will require a little more time and patience. But, it is well worth investing a little extra time to make your paint job look professional. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from AAA Action Painting.