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Old 09-07-2012, 02:28 PM   #16
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In ascending order of cost:

1) Cut in by hand. No masking tape cost, but can look bad if you're not experienced. And trust me, getting good at cutting lines freehand takes a while.

2) Masking tape with caulk. Apply the caulk to the edge of the tape that will be painted over so that that paint doesn't bleed under, and be sure to remove the tape BEFORE the paint can dry and form a solid bond between the wall and the tape, otherwise you'll pull the paint off the wall if you haven't prepped properly. If properly done, masking tape will give the novice painter much better lines than doing it freehand. It just takes a long time.

3) Paint Pads. They're cheap but I don't personally like them because of the picture framing effect (paint is thicker around the edge of the wall). However, many people do like them.

4) Accubrush Paint Edger. You can find it mentioned in other threads. We've used them and they're great, and over the long haul, much cheaper than masking tape. I get a cut-in line about as good as I can freehanding it, but much faster. You still have to cut in some parts of the room by hand, as the Accubrush doesn't get into small nooks and crannies.

Other than that, there's not much else out there that's worked for me. Good luck!

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Old 09-07-2012, 03:08 PM   #17
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like a few have said , get a good brush. those packs of brushes with 4 for 6 dollars are crap. a good brush will make your job a lot easier and enjoyable and if you clean it right it will last for years and years.
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In ascending order of cost:

1) Cut in by hand. No masking tape cost, but can look bad if you're not experienced. And trust me, getting good at cutting lines freehand takes a while.

2) Masking tape with caulk. Apply the caulk to the edge of the tape that will be painted over so that that paint doesn't bleed under, and be sure to remove the tape BEFORE the paint can dry and form a solid bond between the wall and the tape, otherwise you'll pull the paint off the wall if you haven't prepped properly. If properly done, masking tape will give the novice painter much better lines than doing it freehand. It just takes a long time.

3) Paint Pads. They're cheap but I don't personally like them because of the picture framing effect (paint is thicker around the edge of the wall). However, many people do like them.

4) Accubrush Paint Edger. You can find it mentioned in other threads. We've used them and they're great, and over the long haul, much cheaper than masking tape. I get a cut-in line about as good as I can freehanding it, but much faster. You still have to cut in some parts of the room by hand, as the Accubrush doesn't get into small nooks and crannies.

Other than that, there's not much else out there that's worked for me. Good luck!

Are you actually a painter? Besides this thread being 5 years old,the accubrush you support is hardly a tool for a painter. Get a good brush and learn how to use it, no need for masking tape( especially the brown stuff) or all the other gimmicks out there.Masking tape AND chalk? Wow
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Chris..this is the DIY forum....
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like a few have said , get a good brush. those packs of brushes with 4 for 6 dollars are crap. a good brush will make your job a lot easier and enjoyable and if you clean it right it will last for years and years.
Absolutely! And with a little practice you can practically pinstripe with the edge of a nice angled sash brush. The long handle will balance nicely and the learning curve will be shorter than you imagine.

If you use crappy, cheap brushes they will not hold and flow paint the same and you will be in for a constant battle with them. And you will have the added thrill of having to pluck bristles out of your work as you go.

Using good brushes every day they lasted me quite awhile. If the typical homeowner buys a few good ones appropriate to the type of paint, they will last the life of the home if not the owner's lifetime.
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Sorry but wow! When an army of posters, mostly newbies, show up on the same day pushing a product in multiple post in an obvious and calculated PR driven SPAM fashion we are to be reminded this is potentially a site for unsuspecting diyers and not the contractor site?We should say nothing and let them spend small fortunes on plastic crap?

Only misguided idiocy would suggest applying caulk to tape. You caulk, let it dry and then use tape only if you feel you have to do so.

I am sorry but diy or pro? I can teach or relearn anyone to use one of these in a day. Send me airfare, take me sailing, and buy a decent one for $15-20 with no need to ever add parts? Drawing pinstripe like edges without tape just takes some practice. And if you take care of the brush, it will last a typical homeowner the life of the property or if you pack and move it with you, your lifetime.


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In ascending order of cost:

1) Cut in by hand. No masking tape cost, but can look bad if you're not experienced. And trust me, getting good at cutting lines freehand takes a while.

2) Masking tape with caulk. Apply the caulk to the edge of the tape that will be painted over so that that paint doesn't bleed under, and be sure to remove the tape BEFORE the paint can dry and form a solid bond between the wall and the tape, otherwise you'll pull the paint off the wall if you haven't prepped properly. If properly done, masking tape will give the novice painter much better lines than doing it freehand. It just takes a long time. See your comment in 1 vs 2. What striking difference and point were you hoping to make. And how many painter's do you know that use masking tape anymore? Painter's tape, maybe in a pinch, for the last 30 years!!!!

3) Paint Pads. They're cheap but I don't personally like them because of the picture framing effect (paint is thicker around the edge of the wall ). However, many people do like them. Private mail the names of exactly two!

4) Accubrush Paint Edger. You can find it mentioned in other threads. We've [we is who or what specifically] used them and they're great, and over the long haul, much cheaper than masking tape. I never used a lot but my price for rolls of painter's tape was a fraction of the cost of a toy like you mention I get a cut-in line about as good as I can freehanding it, but much faster. You still have to cut in some parts of the room by hand, as the Accubrush doesn't get into small nooks and crannies.

Other than that, there's not much else out there that's worked for me. Good luck!
Guessing the last highlighted sentence phrase is especially true. Stick with PR and stop trying to suggest you know how to paint. You almost make me miss Joe's comments.
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Guessing the last highlighted sentence phrase is especially true. Stick with PR and stop trying to suggest you know how to paint. You almost make me miss Joe's comments.

Well, now I actually can be nice, I might have come across a little stronger than you did, but that was essentially what I was gonna say.
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Never said I was nice, although some fools think I am. I was really, really good at PR and paid accordingly before I burned out and re-entered the trades---where I really belonged all along. When I see such obvious stuff I feel I have to nail it to a nearby cross. And the PR people trying to spam us find great amusement value in this. So you know, this is the kind of work assigned a junior account executive who is not making what the apron fools at box stores are.

And for the records, as I age, I want to be one of those crusty old mean bastards that is endeared by the one kid and a dog that sees through him actors fight to portray in movies.

Of course to pull off the image I will need a pet again. Something border line rabid and not as smart and full of humor value as pets I have had in the past would be nice. And I no longer believe pets will find me appropriate women. Truth be known, I turned my last cat into fine art (not really but I love this photo).



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