The process of 'cutting in' interior paint lets you avoid the bothersome chore of applying masking tape. With this article, explore how to cut in paint.

How To Cut In Paint

When painting the interiors of their house, masking tape is one of the essential items people make use of, to make sure the interior trim lines are sharp and there is no paint on surfaces like glass or wood. In case you find the application of masking tape a chore, then the method of 'cutting in' paint would come useful to you. Though 'cutting in' means much more than mere trim-work, the latter is the objective it is mostly used for. In the following lines, we have listed instructions on how to cut in paint.
Cutting In Interior Paint
Items Needed 
  • 3-inch Brush (preferably sash brush)
  • Cut Bucket (plastic bucket will also do) 
  • Take a 3 inch brush, preferably an angled brush - called sash brush, along with a cut bucket (you can go for a sturdy, plastic bucket as well).
  • Fill the bucket with paint up to one inch, at the max two. The clear sides will be used to wipe off the paint.
  • Dip the brush about half an inch into the paint bucket. Now, drag it dry (almost dry) against the lip.
  • Maintain a grip over the brush, loosely near the bristles (the same way as you hold a pencil).
  • Place the bristles of the brush near the painting surface, forming a wedge shape.
  • With the sharp end of the wedge, start painting the line.
  • Draw the bristles along the line you want to paint. Move the bristles in such a way that they form a fan shape.
  • Begin by drawing very flat crescents, which start on the line, and then track along the line for a few inches.
  • Now, gradually pull away from the "danger zone" (glass, trim or whatever area you don't want to be painted).
  • As you practice the method, you will start getting fewer and flatter crescents, until you can draw quite a long line.

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