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Old 02-16-2008, 12:21 AM   #1
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Ceiling Meets Wall

I'm having trouble with the paint line between the ceiling and the wall, both are lightly textured and I can't seem to get the paint line straight. I've tried hand painting, using a metal shield and taping. I can't seem to find anything that will give me a decent line. The texture is driving me nuts! Anyone have some advice for me?


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Old 02-16-2008, 04:37 AM   #2
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You might want to take a putty knife and lightly score the corner creating a slight V to straighten it out.
Good Luck.


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Old 02-16-2008, 10:21 AM   #3
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You may want to try this technique, particularly if you do not have a steady hand:

Get a 1-1/2" angled brush that's specifically designed for INTERIOR paint, presumably NOT enamel - right? Don't use a cheap brush.

Then, get up as close to the ceiling line as you possibly can and make sure you're comfortable in that position. Keep your work directly in front of you at all times, i.e. not off to one side and don't stretch out your arm to paint in either direction. Move the ladder frequently.

If necessary, get a stick of clean sturdy wood about 2 feet long and wrap a piece of cloth on one end. Secure it with a rubber band. Like an artist, place the wrapped end of the stick on the wall and hold it with the non-brush hand at an angle so that you rest your forearm along the length of the stick. You can also borrow a baton from a twirler if there's one in your household.

Decide what way you intend to hold the brush so that you will always see that same side while painting. The other side will always stay towards and in contact with the wall. Load ONLY the first 1/4" of the brush with your WALL paint and pat off any excess off of only the side that you will see. The underside should be wet with paint.

Keep the brush in a 3/4 upsidedown position and bring it slowly up to where the line should be. Touch the wall just before you get to that spot and let the paint on the underside of the brush GLIDE the brush to the final spot. Then, slowly and carefully apply a bit of pressure to splay the bristles into an gentle arc and move the brush along the joint line IN ONE DIRECTION ONLY. Don't go back and forth. Even out the paint where the brush first touched the wall as you go.

Keep the one side of the brush tip wet but not soupy. Don't paint with a dry brush or stretch the paint. Paint a few inches per dip but don't overload the tip as the excess will flood into the texture and create an uneven look. Also, too much paint will run backwards down the bristles and make a mess.

Many would find this technique silly or convoluted but I have taught many of my customers how to do this since texture of some sort is a major part of nearly every household out here in AZ. The ladies do very well with it, especially when they're doing just one wall in a deep accent color.
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Old 02-24-2008, 03:23 PM   #4
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after painting your ceiling and it drys use blue painters tape run it close to the corner maybe 1/8 of an inch down and apply caulking then paint and remove tape pull back not down or out.
A drop cloth isen't to catch paint, It's to protect what is under so wipe the drips as you go and don't track.
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