How To Paint Straight Lines

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How To Paint Straight Lines

27 April 2022
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Painting the interior of your home can sometimes be difficult when you have so much to paint around, such as trim, doorways, and around the edges where your wall meets your ceiling. When you have this much to paint around, you want those lines in your paint to be even and crisp, but if you don't have a steady hand, this can be hard to do for some people. There are tricks you can try to get a straight, even line in all of these areas, but you do have to be patient and you need to move slowly to get a professional look, or you can hire a professional to get the job done for you. Read on for some tips to give you those straight lines.

Use Painter's Tape

Applying painter's tape takes extra time to get your paint job done, but it can help you achieve the look you desire. You need to go slowly applying the painter's tape and make sure the tape is on properly and straight, or you'll still have crooked lines. Painter's tape helps to block out paint where you don't want to get it and won't damage the paint where you want it to go. Take the time to apply the painter's tape to your trim, floor, ceiling, or walls to give you straighter lines.

Apply Clear Caulk

You can apply clear caulk along with painter's tape to help give you straight lines as well. Apply the painter's tape where you are attempting to get a straight line, then apply a bead of caulk along the tape on the side where you are going to be applying the paint. Smooth the caulk and remove the excess. While the caulk is still wet, paint over the area, and, before the paint dries, remove the tape. You should have a very straight line.

Create An Optical Illusion

Create an optical illusion using your ceiling paint by coming down the wall about an inch. If you don't have a completely straight ceiling, you could end up with a wavy line even if you are staying on the edge of the wall/ceiling. Paint the ceiling an inch down the wall, then cut in your wall paint, keeping about a quarter of an inch of the ceiling paint on the wall. If you don't feel like you can paint the line straight, use a laser pointer to give you a line to stay on.

If you have a hard time painting straight lines, there are tricks you can use to help give you a professional look, or you can hire a professional painter instead to give you the professional paint job you are looking for. 

Contact a local interior painting contractor for more info.