Tip For Painting Straight Edges - September 21st 2005

Tip For Painting Straight Edges

Q: How can you get a straight edge when painting walls that have a stipple ceiling? Is there a special tool to use or a tape that sticks to a stipple ceiling that will not allow seepage? I have contacted a couple of paint stores and basically they have advised it is freehand with a paint brush and takes plenty of time. The stores I contacted advised that the roller with guide wheels would not work - nor will any type of masking tape. Could you provide me with information on the best method to do this project?

A: The best brush to use for this project is a 4 inch foam tapered brush. This allows you to work up from the bottom leaving a nice straight line to the ceiling. Apply two coats in this manner and you won't have to load the brush with excess paint.