Apr 10, 2009

Cutting Ceiling Lines | 2 Pass Method

cut-in ceilings

In this painting video I demonstrate a simple 2 pass pre-cut method for cutting-in ceiling lines over a 4’ area using the new Wooster Alpha 3” Flat brush #4234. My paint brush was loaded using the wipe method, only a small amount of paint was placed on the bottom of the brush to cut-in.

The ceiling in this room was at an awkward height. I cut-in off a 2’ Werner step ladder on the middle step, normally I like to be on the top step. For this particular cut, I was too high on the ladder to see the ceiling line nicely which can drastically reduce the effectiveness of your cut-in time.

Productivity can also be maximized cutting-in ceiling lines painting off a 3’ wide Werner step ladder allowing you to cut about 7’ or so depending on your arms reach. For the 2 pass pre-cut method to be effective, a few things need to happen that are not so obvious in the video and I will discuss what they are in the next week or so.

Apr 7, 2009

Wipe Method | Cut-in Ceiling Lines

Cut Ceiling Here is another short painting video using the pre-cut method cutting-in a ceiling line. Often regardless of the paint used — I will make two passes on a ceiling line when cutting-in and a final feathering-off pass. This allows me to move a large amount of paint across a 6 or 7’ span during the 1st pass and realign the brush for the second pass. This is the method I use to cut 11 to 14’ per minute although I do it with a 7/8” x 3” flat brush.

I will discuss the mechanics behind the precut method in more detail in the weeks ahead because there is so much more happening in this video that meets the eye. Also, I will show an alternative two pass method for cutting-in ceiling lines that’s more efficient than the one in the painting video below.

Note: The angle of the video camera somewhat makes the width of cut look less than it was.


Heavy Brush Load In this short video I show what my brush often looks like when cutting-in and painting pretty much anything.

I load the inside of the brush with the amount of paint I need and wipe most of the paint off the outer portion of the brush because I only paint with the bottom edge of the brush, not the side of it and I do not want any paint on the side of my brush interfering with a clean cut.

Wipe Method for Loading a Brush

Loading a paint brushThis painting video is one example of load balancing for cutting-in or painting in general. This is just one of many brush loading methods I use for cutting-in walls to casings but all of them involve wiping paint from the brush. I will go into greater detail in the weeks ahead for my Complete Guide to Paint Brushes on various load balancing methods and when and why I use them and demonstrate their effectiveness for efficiency and productivity in specific situations.

As mentioned in the painting video, the portion of the brush that comes in contact with the surface or wall is the only place I want paint on my brush.

For this particular cut I use a precut method and often it’s the same method used for cutting in ceiling lines with paint.

I used a precut method only because the existing first coat of flat paint on the walls is very absorbent. I would typically use a single pass method for cutting-in if the existing coat of paint on the walls was an eggshell paint or a flat paint that did not absorb my cut such as styrene acrylics.

Apr 1, 2009

Complete Guide to Paint Brushes - Delayed

This is just a quick post to mention the scheduled Complete Guide To Paint Brushes project expected to start today is delayed until the 15th due to a number of unforeseen circumstances.

I probably could launch it today but it wouldn’t be at the standard I wanted to achieve. I’d rather launch it late, my apologies. Starting April 15th I will publish at least one article of a series on brushes each day for 15 days.

A few people wrote asking about one of the videos on cutting inside corners and the initial dab or placement of paint I put in the corner before I cut a corner. I must say, you guys have a keen eye! Good catch!

When I approach coming out of an inside corner like the photo above I almost always place a preset amount of paint in the upper corner before I make my cut based on how far I want to cut. This is part of a load balancing strategy I use to carry to the wall a predetermined amount of paint  an area will need, in this case the same cutting distance you see cut on the left wall in upper photo. At this point in the photo above the tightest portion of the corner is already cut. The dab of paint indicated by the blue arrow is for coming out of the corner and nothing more.

The goal here on the ceiling is to achieve maximum length-of-run to minimize loading time on and off a step ladder. I carry the amount of paint the corner will need but I don't need all of the paint immediately at the ceiling line so I place it there until I need to use it. In this case, the dab of paint is used for the final pass down the corner of the wall. Based on the painters I’ve studied cutting, we all tend to have some consistent styles of cut that we do repeatedly and instinctively. It’s always interesting to watch other painters cutting styles and habits.