Do it yourself interior painting: How to paint corners without drip

Painting is the most common way to change any surface that is boring and blah into bright and beautiful. When you are painting corners, though, you need to be extra careful. Find out how to avoid drip by reading this informative article!

No matter what you are painting, whether it is inside your home or outside, you always have to be on the watch for the dreaded drip. Drips tend to happen for several different reasons, and they are more prone to happen in the corners of a room. But, they can be avoided if you have the know how.

The fastest method for painting a room quickly is with a paint roller. A paint roller allows you to cover a large wall or ceiling in very little time.

Do it yourself interior painting: How to paint corners without drip

If you are using a roller to apply paint to a room, you can paint in the corners with it, but, the biggest problem with a roller is that it tends to collect excess paint along the outside edges. This build up not only leads to heavier lines of paint from the roller ends, but it also leads to drip. To ensure that you have painted the entire corner, you should follow up with a paint brush.

Before you paint a corner with a roller, you need to tilt it and roll off the excess paint from the ends onto a wall or ceiling. Then, you can paint the corners without a drip. Finally, go back and smooth out the excess paint that you rolled off.
If you are using a brush to paint the corners of a room, you need to choose the right brush for the job. Keep in mind that the better brushes give the better – quality performance.

Paintbrushes commonly have two types of bristles, either a natural bristle or a synthetic bristle.

The natural bristles are made of hog hair, and they are known as “China Bristles.” You should use a paint brush that is made up of China bristles when you are applying solvent – thinned finishes only. If you use them when you are using water based paint, the bristles will absorb the water and become sloppy and saturated. Too much paint in your brush will lead to drip on the wall, especially in the corners.

A synthetic – bristled brush, on the other hand, is made up of nylon and polyester bristles. Synthetic bristles don’t absorb water, so they are ideal for oil and for water – based paints and other finishes. Make sure that the synthetic – bristled you choose is flagged. Being “flagged” means that the end of the paint brush is tapered. A tapered brush allows you to smooth out heavier paint spots, and to paint clear, crisp lines, especially around the ceiling and wall corners of a room, thus avoiding paint drips.

Another good brush to use on the corners of a room is a trim brush. This type of brush has angled bristles that also allow you to make clear, crisp painted lines.

You can also use a paint pad to ensure that you get the paint into the corners without that annoying drip. Similar to a roller, but smaller, paint pads are flat and rectangular. They can cover a large area fairly quickly, and they can also reach into corners with their straight edges.

No matter what type of paint applicator you choose, though, if you don’t fill it up with paint properly, then you will have drips on the walls, ceilings, and especially in the corners. If you are using a paint brush, you should dip it into the paint container, lift it up, and then tap the brush against the side of the container. Then, wipe of both sides of the paint brush on the lip of the paint container too. This will remove any excess paint from the brush so it won’t drip when you use it.

Finally, to paint an entire room, especially in the corners, without a drip of paint, choose good quality paint. Cheaper paints tend to be thinner and runnier, and they drip more often, no matter if have are using a quality paint applicator.

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