PaintPRO , Vol. 6, No. 6
November/December 2004
PaintPRO Vol 6 No 6

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Other articles in this issue:
Coating Drywall
Masonry Stains
Primers & Topcoats
Education Focus: Faux Masters Studio
Estimating, Etc.
Contractor Profile: John W. Dee
Manufacturer Profile: UGL
Product News
Painting Tips

PaintPRO Archives — Painting Tips

painting tip - stright line on ceiling



An easier way to cut a straight line at the ceiling
Cutting a straight line at the ceiling while painting a wall can be difficult, especially if it’s a dark color. These corners are never very sharp and it’s hard to tell just where the line should go. Ideally, it will be exactly between the ceiling and the wall, but actually it’s better to have the line ride up on the ceiling a little than to have the ceiling color (which is usually a lot lighter than the wall color) showing.

This is much easier to do if you divide the job into two parts. The wall is going to have at least two coats. So, for the first coat, I don’t worry about getting a nice straight line at the ceiling. It’s easier to perfect the line on the second coat than to struggle to cut a perfect line with both coats. The brush glides over the fresh paint of the first coat a little easier than over the existing wall surface, giving me better control. This method saves time, as well. The fraction of an inch of wall that has only one coat will not be visible. The only problem is that fussy customers might wonder, between coats, if the line at the ceiling isn’t a little imprecise. Very few would actually bring it to your attention, however.

Thanks for this tip go to Clark Kenyon, of Clark Kenyon Decorating, who has been doing interior painting and refinishing, wallpapering, wallpaper removal, drywalling and surface restoration for the last 29 years in Iowa City, Iowa. Visit Clark Kenyon Decorating.

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