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Question DetailsAsked on 6/22/2012

when painting an interior wall do you cut the outer edges in first or last?

whenever i cut in the edges first it never blends properly

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My husband cuts the outer edges first but in small sections. He goes back to do the fill in before the painted outer edging dries and then goes to the next section.
It looks much better than when he first painted the entire outer edging and then went back to fill it in.


Answered 8 years ago by Guest_9385487


For a professional finish the process is really simultaneous. Many painters will paint the body of the wall first and then go back with a brush to cut in and feather the paint together while the wall is still wet. There are varying techniques to the process and order but the main thing is not to let one area dry before painting an area adjoining it. Stop in the corners when you must because they hide any variances the best.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

Answered 8 years ago by Todd's Home Services


One tiny suggestion, try to roll as close to the ceiling and to the other wall etc as you can to hide the change in texture from brush to roller. As a self taught painter I cut out first.

Jim Casper


Answered 8 years ago by jccasper

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