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Vacherie
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Painting my New Construction Home
I'm doing the work myself. The exterior is complete. Interior ceilings and crown is complete. Getting ready to roll the walls and am facing the task of cutting in every window, door, floor boards and crown moulding. Any tips to making cutting in easier? I have a Graco power roller so rolling will go quickly once I cut in all the rooms. Any help would be appreciated.


Breric
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Just painted my entire house and tried finding any possible way to avoid taping and came to the conclusion that taping really is best. You can use a wide metal paint guide but that would take up both hands.


The Nino
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I’ve tried a majority of the one-off painting tools for cutting. None work as well as taping


fishfighter
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I’ve tried a majority of the one-off painting tools for cutting. None work as well as taping


This and invest a shite load into tape. Also buy one of those short 3" wide rollers. Cut in with a GOOD brush and come back and used the small roller to roll out the paint. That takes out brush stroke marks.


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Sheepdog1833
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Good paint. Good angled brush. If you must tape and with enough practice, only tape the base boards. Everything that you bring the paint “up” to won’t require taping (ceilings, windows) if that makes sense.
For instance, when painting the wall at the ceiling, have your brush at a 45 degree angle starting a couple inches below the joint and work your way “up” to the joint. When you run out of paint on the brush, refill and start back where the wet paint left off. You should only be cutting in with the tip of your angled brush.
I’m sure this won’t help, because it’s rambling. But with practice you don’t need nearly as much taping as you think.


baldona
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I've done a lot of painting and I suck at it. I don't think I have the patience honestly. Every time I start feeling confident cutting in, I frick it up and then get pissed then its a struggle for awhile.

Good luck, I'm no help.


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gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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re: Painting my New Construction Home
Buy yourself a good 3 inch sash brush----the ones with the bristles cut on a slight slant. You can cut in real good with one of those and get good clean lines. Plus, at 3 inches wide, it holds a good bit of paint to cut in corners and such.

Personally, I use a 4 inch regular latex brush for all my cutting in, but you sound like you're not all that familiar with it. Pro tip----don't drink a lot of coffee prior to cutting in.

I can't stress enough the importance of getting a good brush to begin with, AND learning how to clean them properly when done for the day. I've got some paint brushes that are several years old and still do a great job.

Cut one wall in at a time, go from corner to corner and roll that wall out. Then proceed around the room one wall at a time.

Paint tape is for rookies----and it has it's place, but you'd not find many pro painters who use it as it takes a lot of time to put up and tape everything off when they could be spreading paint.
This post was edited on 9/5 at 3:02 pm


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bleger
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If you do tape, make sure you get quality tape because they are NOT all made equal. I skimped on a cheaper tape when painting my outdoor kitchen recently and regretted it as paint bled through/line's weren't sharp and I had to touch up a good bit...The blue painter's tape was worth its weight in gold.


lsutiger2010
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Interior ceilings and crown is complete. Getting ready to roll the walls and am facing the task of cutting in every window, door, floor boards and crown moulding.


Installed trim before painting?



gumbo2176
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If you do tape, make sure you get quality tape because they are NOT all made equal.


And to expand on this just a bit. DO NOT get so cheap that you decide to use masking tape or freezer tape to do the job. I've seen people do this and they left it on for several days as they dicked around painting and that stuff stuck like glue to the woodwork.


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gumbo2176
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Installed trim before painting?


Of course you do. If you paint, then install the trim, you will still need to caulk it in to make for real clean lines and a better look. Then you'd have to come back and touch up the paint.

ETA: Let me expand on this so it's clear. I always paint my trims before installing. Once installed, I'll putty any nail holes and caulk the trim to the walls and ceilings if doing crown. Then touch up the paint on the trims. Then paint the ceilings and walls.
This post was edited on 9/5 at 2:06 pm


PSU2LSU
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I agree forgo the taping. Like others have said, get a good brush and go from there. But I would like to add to always keep a wet rag in your back pocket. If you mess up you just have to take the rag and wipe the wet paint.


Coon
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To all the people asking if Vacherie is my alter, it’s not.


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idlewatcher
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You can use a wide metal paint guide but that would take up both hands.




My brother and I did that in his house last month. I just followed him around with his paint gun and held the guide b/c it was too late in the night to tape everything. Came out pretty well too


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Vacherie
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re: Painting my New Construction Home
Yes. Installed trim before painting


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Aristo
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re: Painting my New Construction Home
Get an angled brush and go slowly.


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WPBTiger
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I agree forgo the taping. Like others have said, get a good brush and go from there. But I would like to add to always keep a wet rag in your back pocket. If you mess up you just have to take the rag and wipe the wet paint.


This is my method


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LNCHBOX
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Just painted my entire house and tried finding any possible way to avoid taping and came to the conclusion that taping really is best. You can use a wide metal paint guide but that would take up both hands.


Total opposite for me. Taped the first room, then said frick all that because of how long it took. Just learn how to cut. It's not hard and looks better than taped IMO. The time saved is a bonus.
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diat150
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re: Painting my New Construction Home
Pay a pro. Nothing worse than a shitty paint job on a new construction.


sleepytime
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Here’s a few tips from someone that’s did it a few times and learned the hard way:

Make sure you have really good lightning.

Tape surfaces that are porous and paint would be really hard to clean off, cut in everything else.

Watch a few YouTube videos on technique and practice, this one is good LINK.

Use good angled tip brushes with stiff bristles, stiff bristles help hold a straighter line. These brushes work as good as the $40 oval Purdy brushes and are way cheaper. I prefer oval cut in brushes because they hold more paint, but they make standard cut brushes too.
LINK

If you haven’t caulked yet, use big stretch caulk instead of dap. It goes farther, tools better, cleans up easier, dries slick, doesn’t stink and will stretch instead of separate. Amazon is the cheapest place to buy it.


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