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Old 01-08-2009, 06:20 PM   #1
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I'm getting ready to paint the walls in my kitchen with latex paint and I have a few questions. I know I have to cut-in (hope I'm using the right term) the walls first. My question is what is the best way to do this when you're painting by yourself? Another thing, what is feathering and can anyone explain how to do it? Thanks.

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To keep a wet edge and not have the paint flash, do one wall at a time cutting in and rolling. The Feathering you may be refering to is just smoothing the paint at the edges so it won't dry and leave a ridge that will show through.

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To keep a wet edge and not have the paint flash, do one wall at a time cutting in and rolling. The Feathering you may be refering to is just smoothing the paint at the edges so it won't dry and leave a ridge that will show through.
Good answer... I have not seen many of those on this site.
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I'm getting ready to paint the walls in my kitchen with latex paint and I have a few questions. I know I have to cut-in (hope I'm using the right term) the walls first. My question is what is the best way to do this when you're painting by yourself? Another thing, what is feathering and can anyone explain how to do it? Thanks.
Cutting in refers to creating a straight line between two different surfaces; you need to cut in at every corner that you are changing colors/paints. For instance: wall/ceiling or wall/trim.

To cut in, purchase a Purdy, Wooster, or Corona 2 1/2" angle-sash brush. As far as technique goes, it is easier to show than describe; YouTube has about a bazillion videos showing how to do it. (Ignore any video that has you use tape.)

Feathering is doing the cut-in so there is not an obvious line between the brush line and the wall. After running the length of the brush-load, use a couple of strokes to dry-brush the edge of the cut-in line out onto the rest of the wall surface. DO NOT dry-brush where the roller will not cover.

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Cut in and roll one wall at a time
Use quality paint, brushes, and roller sleeves
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Personally I use a 4" bush with very long bristles, I can;t remember the brand but it wasn't cheap, to cut in and can go about 8 feet with one stroke with good paint, but all the above recommendations are fine.

I like the larger brush with the long bristles as it stays straight with no wiggle and holds a lot of paint. It even backs into corners nicely.

I have tried those sponge pads and in some cases they work fine, but not under all circumstances.
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I have watched the YouTube cut in videos and i wish I knew someone who was good at it to watch. There just isn't enough detail in those YouTube vids. So I tape. I have tried doing it by hand but it always looks like a drunk monkey did it. I also tried Frog Tape with limited success. The best I have found is to use the 3M delicate painters tape and then seal the edges of the tape with the opposing color.

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