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Old 06-19-2011, 04:24 PM   #1
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Okay, I always thought that when you paint a room you should start with the brush work- so paint where the wall meets the ceiling and then around all windows and the wall corners and even just above baseboards. Then after, you can get the roller out and then do the rest. Is this wrong?? I have a professional painter here painting my main level (kitchen, foyer, dining room, etc) and he does the walls first and then waits 3-4 days to do the 'cutting in'. His way must work for him because his skills are amazing! But, just curious how all of you prefer to paint.

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i think that it is personal preference. i like to do it as you mentioned above in most cases. if i am using a deep paint the blushes of has poor hiding power i will do my cut in first. if he is using good paint and good tools it usually doesnt matter which step you do first. i have used cheap paints that cover totaly different when brushed, rolled or sprayed.

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He uses Sherwin Williams paint and I noticed he uses the Purdy brushes.
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He uses Sherwin Williams paint and I noticed he uses the Purdy brushes.
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Very impressive. I am old school. I cut in a wall around the ceiling, windows, and baseboard. Before that begins to dry, I get the roller going and roll into the wet edge of the brushed on paint. This gives the wall that great overall coverage and hides any brushmarks. With the new formulations of today's paints perhaps cutting in "old school" is not so important anymore.
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:27 PM   #6
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I bought Valspar flat eggshell so not sure how fast it dries. I am nervous about painting right up to the popcorn ceiling (never did that before..) so I dont know if I can even tape off the ceiling.. - wouldnt the tape take the popcorn off??? So, even if I take my time and do one 12 foot line I am sure the point where I started would have dried. If I roll over it once it is dry.... will it show a line or just blend??
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3 or 4 day's and he's a pro? What does he do in between the rolling and the 3 or 4 days before brushing?
I know for me that would be the recipe for total ineffective money loosing procedure. It would be done before I left for the day.
Set up, do it ,give the room back.
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I bought Valspar flat eggshell so not sure how fast it dries. I am nervous about painting right up to the popcorn ceiling (never did that before..) so I dont know if I can even tape off the ceiling.. - wouldnt the tape take the popcorn off??? So, even if I take my time and do one 12 foot line I am sure the point where I started would have dried. If I roll over it once it is dry.... will it show a line or just blend??
wait, didn't you say you had a pro doing this? Mixed message.
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The pro is painting my main level... living room, dining room, powder room, halls, foyer, kitchen... but I am painting my kids room because of time constraints. The painter has his hands full will lots of drywall repair and the main level so I am 'chipping in' lol to do a bedroom. Although when I was taping everything last night... all I kept thinking about was how I should have added this room to his list..
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If it's 2 coats- I'll roll it, cut twice and then finish roll close. The finish roll helps the texture be similar between roll and cut if you get as close as you can over the brushing.
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what if I only do one coat??
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what if I only do one coat??
It will look bad. Even top quality paint (and I actually like the high end Valspar) needs two finish coats.
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hey if it looks good and your happy that all that counts but how i do it is cut and roll .lets say were talking a wall here. do your ceiling cut about 6 feet long then roll that section of wall . you roll into the freshly cut area the stipple from the roller will melt into the wet ceiling cut. also if you roll first now you have freshly painted walls that you have to do a ceiling cut runni9ng the risk of getting paint on your fresh walls. im reading this over and i think i might not be making any sense .but what i will say is he is doing it wrong
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Taping off the ceiling is a complete waste of time. That area where wall meets ceiling is never perfectly square so you need the steady hand to guide the brush along that cut-in line. If you tape off, paint always finds it's way behind the tape making a big mess, IMO.

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