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What sheen do I need?
8 Oz. Sample
1 Gallon
1 Quart
5 Gallon
The following product(s) is required to properly prep and pre-treat wood prior to any stain project.
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The following product(s) is required to properly prep and pre-treat wood prior to any stain project. Only available in store at Home Depot.
Required 3rd party product
The 9 in. x 1/4 in. Polyester Adhesive Roller Cover has a hard texture, making it ideal for applying all types of adhesives to smooth surfaces. It can be used for stippling and applying sand paints.
The following product(s) is recommended when stripping is needed.
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How to Cut In

Getting ready for your next painting project? You’ve come to the right place to learn how to cut in with this pro technique.

For Best Results:

For clean lines, use a putty knife to press down firmly on the tape to prevent any paint from seeping behind it.

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    Step 1

    Grab your tools.

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    Step 2

    Tape off any area you want to remain paint-free (trim, ceiling & electrical sockets).

  3. Person dipping a paint brush into paint

    Step 3

    Dip the brush into the paint and tap off any excess paint.

  4. Person using a paint brush to paint away from the taped off areas

    Step 4

    With short strokes, paint away from the taped off areas.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • BEHR® Paint

  • Brush (2"-2½")

  • Painter's Tape

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