How to Paint a House : How to Cut In a Wall for Painting

How to Paint a House : How to Cut In a Wall for Painting


Hello! My name is Grady Johnson and I’m a
professional painter. And today I’m representing expertvillage.com. Now I want to talk a little
bit about cutting in an interior wall. Now, whenever you’re rolling you need to cut in
all of these edges first. Now this includes the baseboards and the sides of the door jambs.
Cut in every edge that you’re going to roll up to. That way every thing’s gonna cover.
Don’t try to do that with a roller. It leaves a texture that gets on wood that doesn’t look
good. It’s going to make it look like an alligator hide. So you want to be sure and cut every
thing in really, really well. So get yourself a full brush and pat that into your brush.
Cut yourself in a nice square line. Don’t get any up on the ceiling and you just run
your line. Now, the trick to this is to run a line just below the edge first and you get
a nice big bead. Then, run your line up there from that line. There we go. Then, just even
that on out. Now, if you miss it up don’t worry about it. You can always fix it later
and bring that on down a full brush width. You want to bring the corner down as well
and even that on out. Now you’re going to take and even out all those little marks you
made. When you went on, you made marks. So we’re going to take those off and that’s called
lapping off the paint. You can see, we worked the paint off to the ends of the brush and
then lay your brush out. Even that on out. Now, remember you can see that these hairs
are just below the line that we cut. Once you got that line cut, don’t get back up in
there. You won’t have a mistake and then just even it off. Now see, I made a mark when I
went on like that. So I’m going to take and lap that off and even on out. Then, I’m just
going to continue to cut my line on down in this manner. So I want to get the sides of
the door jamb and just go ahead and lap that up on there. You want to be sure and lap,
make sure that laps out so it doesn’t lap up on you and we’re bring up the rest of the
jamb. But this is basically every thing that I need to remember. This is how we cut in
the interior walls of our house.

68 thoughts on “How to Paint a House : How to Cut In a Wall for Painting

  1. A good painter should not have to use tape! Grady is correct to bring the wall paint onto the trim. You then cut your trims into the walls! That way you get no misses between wall and trim.

  2. I guess Exert Village did not want to pay the licensing fees and have Grady where the actual Pittsburgh Pirates hat.

  3. yeah you probably can. i know how to use a brush i just dont like having to slow down. i would rather spend the time taping off and then go right through it. and like i said you get a super straight line with tape. as long as you dont cake paint on it so much that it bleed through

  4. Should I start painting right after I finish cutting or could I wait till the next day to start painting?

    thank you Grady, you explain everything very well.

  5. Using a decent brush can make all the difference. Cutting in isn't that difficult. Most people can't cut cuz theyre using 1inch cheap nylon brush that they got in one of those cheap painting sets. So they end up using blue tape for cutting in ceilings which is ALWAYS a mistake. Either they'll have splodgy lines from not putting the tape on firm enough OR pull paint off the ceiling from pressing the tape on too hard. It's a waste of time and money in most cases.

  6. @SLICKRICKDESIGNS You general must roll it out right after you cut it in. You only have so much "open time" and that varies from brand to brand. This is magnified as you increase the sheen. When you wait until the following day you run a very high risk of flashing and then you must repaint everything.

  7. Guys, why aren't you using special rollers for cutting in ? Much much easer and faster and better quality

  8. @Redcoat66 bullshit, most pro painters like myself paint trim first minus the baseboard, cutting walls into trim is much much quicker and easier, after two coats on the walls paint the baseboard!

  9. @ninjafatballz

    What's wrong with them. I work as a painter only 5 years, but all the people i worked for were ok with the final result i did

  10. This guy needs to work with me one day and see how things are truly done, a true pro painter would NEVER EVER recommend slapping the wall paint onto the trim. never, especially if you spray the trim. No wonder painters like myself and Ninjafatballz (<–<< ?? to each is own i guess lol) have a hard time with people.

  11. I've painted with my uncle for years back in my school days and have always used tape on skirting board, around light switches/sockets and door frames.We cut in up by the ceiling freehand.For the 20 minutes it takes to tape off a room on average it takes an hour off the time it takes to cut in for each coat.Any contractor with cop on would use tape and would swallow their pride to be economic with labour cost. The quicker you complete the job, the cheaper the cost for the customer = more work!

  12. I just want to comment on the Tape issue, first taping ceilings is ridiculous, if you cant cut a straight line to the coving or ceiling line then get a painter in, and I can get as square a line cutting into trim-work as you would with tape but I am a pro so for the handyman or home owner taping makes sense, the only time I really use tape is when cutting feature walls, those internal corners are never square so I just use a low tac tape for a nice crisp line.

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  14. @TheGospelMagician Fair enough. here in the Uk, we tend to bring ceilings and walls in first, then we do the wood work, skirtings (trim) etc. We don't tend to do much spraying as you do in US, having said that, I have an airless unit. I use Owatrol oil to lose the brush marks in my oil work. All the best.

  15. @basracer i see a few people commenting on this , paint your trim then your walls ,
    i depends if the back edge were the trim meets the wall of the door frame is painted wall colour or trim colour
    i like to paint the back edge wall colour .then i gloss the frames face and not let the gloss roll around the edge / skirting boards last as well ,, , but if i spray a house out i i spray all the gloss work a roll finel coat on walls

  16. @basracer I agree not to slap a ton of paint on the edge of door frames, however, you should go slightly on the edge…

  17. @TheGospelMagician I never spray trim on interior paint jobs. If you are good with a brush, you will leave minimal brush marks. Anyone looking for brush marks, in a pro paint job, they need to put a way their magnifying glasses… LOL

  18. @TheGospelMagician – I have done tons of new construction both residential and commercial and both non-union and union. We never spay trim nor have I seen it sprayed…. I have seen door sprayed, not baseboards, door frames, etc… Guess The Philadelphia painters union DC 21, local 1107 apparently didn't teach me properly… ha… What a bunch of amateur's those 2000 Philly painters are… LMAO
    If you can't handle a brush, you must be a hacker golfer… ha

  19. @TheGospelMagician """I guess we hold to a higher standard of quality""" that would be your opinion!!!
    Spraying trim is not worth the time it takes to mask off and protect everything. If you are looking for no brush marks, oil based paints (brushed on) give you the best results!

    I am all for the spraying of Aluminum siding and asbestos shingles…

  20. @medicalsoup I am 48 y/o and I have been painting for over 30 years. I do hi-end work… Residential repaints for Doctors, Lawyers, Judges, etc… I wouldn't dare bring a sprayer into one of their homes…

    Now if you are talking about Apartment, new construction white washing… whatever floats your boat… anything goes in that type of situation…

  21. @medicalsoup ok, now when you get 'enamel over spray' on the walls, do you prime or de-gloss the over spray before you apply the wall paint? Flat wall paints don't adhere well to glosses surfaces – correct?

  22. I hired a paint company a year ago, and will never again.They sent me a bunch of mexicans that a couldn't understand… and one of them smelled of alcohol.A week latter i smelled somethng fowl and found that they dug a hole and crapped in

  23. You are definitely a diy'er.

    I tell you what. Buy the best brushes you can get and spend 2500+ hours per year painting free hand for the next 10 years(like I have for the past 10 years), then try to go back to taping. Then tell me how you feel then. Only then could I take you seriously, because anybody who thinks taping is the way to go is obviously an inexperience diy'er.

  24. LOL you said yourself "I only cut in when I have to". That tells me your boss doesn't trust you with it.

    I have never once seen SKILLED PROFESSIONAL use tape, it is impossible to do as good a job with it. And if your company uses tape, it is because you are a bunch of youngsters with no experience or skill to paint free hand.

  25. Some strange comments on this vid. I've always done gloss and woodwork on a job first, then the ceiling, then the walls. (I'm from the UK) It's what I find easiest, however it's how I was trained to do so. I'd rather make a mistake cutting in the wall paint and be able to wipe off a speck of emulsion that's landed on dry gloss work, than gloss last and have a speck of gloss go on the wall emulsion as its a pain in the arse to wipe off. Also this guy in the vid uses the whole width of his brush

  26. – after loading it which I've always found is a headache in later stages, I prefer to just have an inch thick line rather than 3 inches or more.

    As ALL professional painters know, we all have our own ways of doing things that are comfortable, so everyone's opinion will be different. We haven't used spraying much however it serves much quicker on new-build estates where the base Colour is the same (woodwork and wall emulsion) Then gloss is applied by brush and of course the emulsion by brush a

  27. – and of course the emulsion by brush and roller. In some cases the walls are finished first and the skirting (base) boards are fitted/screwed up afterwards, sometimes pre-glossed or under coated, that shaves off so much time by the way! Not having to cut in around the bottoms

  28. — And my last pennies worth, the person that commented saying they mask-tape light switches… Haha really? After wasting time laying tape (and believe me I've been tempted so many times especially on feature walls or in an un-motivated mood) and straightening it out like an idiot you could of just taken a screwdriver and disconnected the plastic casing away from the wall, why tape it? Lol.

  29. Same goes with light cables on ceilings, amazing how many people don't know they unscrew, also similar with led lighting as most of them are hung elastically.

    PLUS this guy in the video is just an actor, read the comments!

  30. The technique shown in the video is good enough. However, we would like to call attention to a few details. We would recommend priming smaller trims such as base, door jambs and casings. The roller sleeve should be at least ┬ż inch in breadth and 9 inch in length. It is important that the gaps are caulked and the edges of the woodwork are masked properly. Before cutting in the wall for painting 100 grit sanding sponges might be used to smoothen hard surfaces.

  31. thats what i would think aswell… i dont trust these videos where there not taping stuff… I am no where near as steady as these guys but it would seem like taping the boarders would make it look betterin the final product and take less time but i dunno

  32. Not to be rude but John Doe does not know what he is talking about. I have worked as a painter and also I now run a painting company, Taping off is fine if you haven't done loads of painting but is a very time consuming activity that does not always gaurantee a straight line. When you have a professional painter come and paint for you, their cut in line will be straight! also taping off can not be done on ceilings because the tape just falls off.

  33. yeah he's a putts. I am King at painting, I could cut in 1,000ft in 25 mins. nice and straight. gottta go fast with todays prices

  34. i can tell you as a proffesional electrician…that i talk to customers lastly the majority of the time (out of the contractors) and number 1 question i get unrelated to my trade is why is the paint on the cieling in parts….yes your right…i've seen excellent cutters…ide let them do my house… but high end customers do not like that…sorry

  35. and i bet you do low end residental or commercial or even industrial…but i guaran-FUCKING-tee you your hand never touches an expensive room… sorry bro.. ill let you paint my house with your skills but my customers will not

  36. no more comments to me please… i was looking for high end comments on low end youtube… yes i understand cutting..and how it saves time… but in the proffesional homes i do taping is the reason why your stupid ass contract gets 5k more for the same sqft value…sorry goodday

  37. my high end customers do not mind. the problem I find more is that people think it is on the ceiling but it is in fact that the wall is not straight. as a painter this infuriates me, its either on the ceiling or it looks squiggly from below. I know that lots of people have problems with contractors but you can tape and it still be a shit job

  38. yes I understand…the only way I can explain is to show pictures of the job site I was on… but that job long gone and payed for

  39. I know I have seen some very shit Jobs too so I can see why people would want there jobs taped off. but if you know what you are doing and if you are good at what you do taping just wastes so much time

  40. Is it more normal to do the skirting boards etc after you've painted the walls then? Almost all the cutting-in videos I've watched have them slapping paint all over the boards, I'm assuming because they'll gloss them later?

  41. Professional painter? Here's a tip…. You are standing on a ladder. Why are you reaching up over your head? Get one step higher. You will have a much better view of the line you are trying to make and be able to make it longer before moving.

  42. I've never heard laying off (or tipping off) called "lapping off". Lap marks are things you want to avoid — not something you intentionally do.

  43. Wouldnt a brush leave brush marks in the paint & being my ceilings are always same color as the walls wouldnt a 3"" mini roller be good to get smooth even looking corners that blend in with the paint of walls & ceiling when using 9" roller?

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