I’m a lazy painter, but I’m pretty good so I can afford to be lazy! I don’t always use a drop cloth to protect the floors, I rarely wear paint clothes, and I never bother with painters tape. Of course, this comes from years of trial & error, bad tape experiences, and practice. Today I’ll share what I have learned about the trick to painting without tape, free handed…because taking the time to tape everything off can double your time and work load, and who wants that?
4 Basic Tips To Help Your Technique
First things first, you need a fairly steady hand, if you don’t have that you might want to stick with paint edgers, and tape. But I presume that was a given, so on to the actual first tip.
Tip #1. Choose the right brush: It doesn’t have to be expensive, it doesn’t have to be a particular brand or type. It simply needs soft smooth bristles, and a slightly angled edge doesn’t hurt either. I am using a regular Walmart brand paintbrush, the second cheapest available within these parameters. The more pronounced the angle, the easier it will be to paint corners and grooves, but an angle isn’t absolutely necessary.
Tip #2. Bead the paint: Wet the edge of the paintbrush just enough to produce small beads of paint. The beads should be predominantly on the side of the brush that will run along the surface to be painted.
Tilt the brush into the corner to be painted. Stay about an eight of an inch away from the edge, and as you drag your brush downward, press down slightly to bend the brush just enough to allow the paint beads to run along the tip of the brush as you paint downward. Here is the main trick to painting edges free handed and getting a smooth straight line that looks as if it has been taped. It is allowing the paint beads to fill in that extra eighth of an inch rather than the brush bristles.
Tip #3. Use part of the brush, rather than the whole: While you will use the flat surface of the brush for general painting, and the tip for edging, it is helpful to learn to split the brush and use part. You can use a smaller chunk of the brush by setting the middle of the brush on an edge, and pressing inward to split it and use a smaller portion to do the task perhaps too many bristles might make a mess of.
Unofficial Tip #5. Use the brush as a mic to jam: Because every task is made more fun by singing at the top of your lungs, and a brush makes the perfect microphone! *grin* What can I say? I love a good project playlist!