Cutting in a large wall

malibujason79April 12, 2011

Looking to paint a room with a cathedral ceiling and had a question about cutting in. To cut in I will be working off a 12' ladder, and painting by myself. I work slow at cutting in due to my painting skills and I'm affraid that I won't be able to roll into a wet cut in. Would I be better to let the cut in fully dry say a day or so, rather than roll into something that is some what dry ? The paint is sherwin williams and an egg shell sheen. If I let it fully dry, and roll as close as I can to the ceiling should I be ok? The walls have been primered and the primer was tinted to the same color as i'm painting.

Thanks Jason

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With modern day paints, it is preferred to let the cut ins dry completely before rolling. The days of trying to roll while the cut ins are still wet are gone. The paints just dry too fast. You don't need to wait a day though. Usually an hour is enough, sometimes a bit longer depending on the drying conditions. What I usually do with high rooms is cut in the ceiling line and then roll down from that a bit right away so that I don't have to risk getting close to the ceiling when rolling from the ground.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2011 at 7:11PM
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Definitely cut everything in and let fully dry. Yes, it may be 2-4 hours. Every homes' different!!

Low-VOC paints especially dry very fast. Too fast to reasonably keep a wet edge. WON'T happen anymore.
It's just the "new normal"!

When rolling over your cut-ins, ease-off with the roller-pressure there, if you're paralleling the ceiling line.
You want to apply only roller-stipple on the cut-in...NOT another full coat!
It's just a finesse touch which helps avoid the "hatband" look!


    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 12:24AM
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When you cut in, feather the edge out 8-10 inches (one handspan), ending up with a solid cover near the corner and a really wispy edge toward the center of the wall.

Like paintguy, I roll the top part down a bit as I cut in, using a small roller and tray.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 8:34PM
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