Improving your cut ins

Discussion in 'Painters' Talk' started by Iron_Mike, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. Iron_Mike

    Iron_Mike Active Member


    I am a relatively new painter. Therefore I am often looking for ways to improve.

    The room I am about to paint currently has a mist coat.

    The ceiling will remain white and the walls will have a colour.

    I often find it tricky working out where the ceiling starts and the wall ends.

    Is one way to get around this to put frog tape on the edge of the ceiling?

    This should ensure you avoid getting colour on your ceiling and you get a sharp cut in line.

    Any other tips would be appreciated.

    I have found the Idadho painter on YouTube to be a useful source.
  2. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    Most important use a quailty brush, usually use Purdy myself, but after mislaying one, I had to go & buy another, but were out of stock, so I bought some Hamilton Prestidge pure synthetic brushes, found them just as good & cheaper.

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  3. Isitreally

    Isitreally Well-Known Member

    He's good for a lefty. :p:p
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  4. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    A lot of advantages being a leftie, we are more like to think outside the box, & better at multitasking. :)

    My link above, have look at some of his other video's.:)

    Last edited: Oct 11, 2017
  5. Iron_Mike

    Iron_Mike Active Member

    Cheers lads
  6. Johnvee

    Johnvee New Member

    Forget cutting in with a brush. No human can beat the perfect line of tape. Been using low-tack tape for
    thirty years. On windows it looks brilliant. But remember to remove the tape Mike before the paint dries
    otherwise the paint and tape will form a bridge. Low-tack is the one.
    Load of nonsense said about cutting-in with brush; have converted many to use of tape even for site-work.
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  7. Iron_Mike

    Iron_Mike Active Member

    Cheers fella.

    Would I be ok using Frog Tape?

    For wall cut ins, I should put it by the section ceiling meets the wall?

    Ensuring that I keep my coloured paint from the ceiling and I get a sharpe straight line where the ceiling and the wall junction meet.
  8. Johnvee

    Johnvee New Member

    Frog make Delicate Surface which is sold by our hosts. Some may baulk at the cost and time of
    masking but to me it is always worth it: fluent painting.
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  9. Iron_Mike

    Iron_Mike Active Member

    Cheers fella
  10. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    Go to Specsavers! :D
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  11. Iron_Mike

    Iron_Mike Active Member

    Lol my eyesight is good fella.
  12. CGN

    CGN Well-Known Member

    Cut in with a brush...right of passage, or something like that :D

    Just practice and the right brush as Kiab mentioned. All very well taping, but did the plasterer have a laser level on their trowel?!
  13. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    Only time I ever use tape is painting horizontal & vertical stripes of paint, rest of time it's a steady hand,good eyesight & a quailty brush.
  14. Dr Bodgit

    Dr Bodgit Well-Known Member

    Got to paint my shack windows & doors with Sikkens Rubbol Satura/Primer, will be taping them as I think its easier to get a neat line by the glass. Or is it?

    There are 3 coats to put on - undercoat and 2 top coats. Won't I be left with a thick edge when I remove the tape?

    Tape it or cut it in?
  15. Iron_Mike

    Iron_Mike Active Member

    I just thought tape would speed things up. I don't have to worry about getting colour off the ceiling.
  16. CGN

    CGN Well-Known Member

    Try it and see how you get on Mike.

    If it works then job done. :)
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  17. Iron_Mike

    Iron_Mike Active Member

    Will do fella
  18. Dr Bodgit

    Dr Bodgit Well-Known Member

    At least with tape you get a clean line and know exactly where that line is going to be.

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