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Old 04-02-2018, 12:23 PM   #1
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Painting contractors know that when the work is done, when the brushes, rollers, and drop cloths are gone, the quality of your work does all the talking. And the quality or your cutting in work is one of those areas that can easily make or break a project. Creating a crisp, clean transition between wall colors or wall and ceiling can be accomplished with patience, practice and the following techniques. Take the Time to Master Your Cutting in Technique: 7 Tips for The Perfect Cut In
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Through repetition. If, with practice, you don’t get good at it, as well as being fairly fast, you won’t be a busy painter for long.
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Lots and lots of practice! Miles and miles of tape, and finally learning that its ok to throw a brush away and always be using a fairly new brush. Saves lots of time, and lots of frustration.

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Make lots of mistakes when you're new and just starting out. Fixing stuff for free gets old fast, and it's cheaper when you aren't making as much.
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By not wearing jeans and using two dollar brushes for starters.
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Very carefully.

Actually I didn't really have much of a problem. Now where whoever textured the ceiling or sprayed the gawd awful popcorn and took it up against the wall, it was a bit of a challenge at first as I always try to do a tight cut. If the ceiling is wavy, I try and find a compromise between the ceiling and the walls. I also used a 4" mini-roller to get rid of the brush marks as I went along. Being somewhat ambidextrous helped in the amount of ladder moving, cutting, and rolling. And, when you rolled the wall out you didn't have to get as close to the ceiling. Just became a habit to do it that way.
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There also is a drywall corner taping tool that you can bend in the side to create a sharper angle to firmly take across the ceiling and wall joint and it will take just enough of the texture / popcorn off the ceiling portion so you don't have to deal with not having a good cut in line.
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Very carefully.

Actually I didn't really have much of a problem. Now where whoever textured the ceiling or sprayed the gawd awful popcorn and took it up against the wall, it was a bit of a challenge at first as I always try to do a tight cut. If the ceiling is wavy, I try and find a compromise between the ceiling and the walls. I also used a 4" mini-roller to get rid of the brush marks as I went along. Being somewhat ambidextrous helped in the amount of ladder moving, cutting, and rolling. And, when you rolled the wall out you didn't have to get as close to the ceiling. Just became a habit to do it that way.
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There also is a drywall corner taping tool that you can bend in the side to create a sharper angle to firmly take across the ceiling and wall joint and it will take just enough of the texture / popcorn off the ceiling portion so you don't have to deal with not having a good cut in line.
Again I do the same only with a six inch drywall knife, sometimes I wrap it with sand paper for knock down or texture.
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My dad gave me the job of painting the trim around 424 individual panes of glass on an old gas station. If you didn't learn cutting in or at least neat painting technique after that you were never going to learn.............

I remember asking an old painter way back in the 70's how he was so neat with his cut ins and his response was simple and "on point." "Because you HAVE to." Totally made sense. You have to or else you won't be getting any more jobs.
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