You'll need to roller the walls as near to the ceiling as you dare and then
finish off with a brush. Or you could roller right up to the ceiling and
then paint over the colour that's got on the ceiling with a brush and
Whichever way you do it, stop painting a millimetre back from the joint.
If you get any closer, and don't possess the hand of a heart surgeon,
you'll start putting dabs on the wrong side which will catch the eye. A
clean narrow gap won't.
Also if you find yourself taking ages to get it just so, stop staring at
the brush and start looking at the paint line it's leaving instead. Once
you get your eye in this can be much quicker and reduces the odds of an
There's absolutely nowt wrong with cutting in first. Just make sure to
feather the inside edge well to make sure you don't get a dry hard edge
showing through the rolled. The only real pitfall is that since your eye
isn't accustomed to seeing the paint density of a full wall there can be
a tendency to go a little thin with the coat. You don't want to be doing
If both quality of finish AND speed are of importance you might want to
roller-then-cut as you go. You'll be up and down the ladder more but be
done much quicker.
I always cut in first and then try to get the roller on before the
cut-in paint has dried. Reason being the texture left by brush and
roller is different and I would prefer the roller pattern to dominate.
Also, after doing the cutting-in at ceiling level I would roller in the
horizontal direction for one width to get a broader 'landing zone' for
when rolling vertically.
Gotcha, I get ready to go with the roller, paint in tray etc, then use a
3" brush edge on to do the cut, then rough 3" swipe with the brush, then
swipe with the roller in line with the cut but an inch or so out. That
then leaves me a good 9" landing zone in the roller texture and still
wet to make a clean join with the vertical roller strokes.
Work quickly and keep the room cool to avoid the paint drying too
quickly so you are always working to a wet edge.
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