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.

Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • BEHR® Paint

  • Brush (2"-2½")

  • Painter's Tape

  • Step 1

    Grab your tools.

  • Step 2

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

    Tip: It is best to remove the electrical socket frame instead of painting around the frame.

  • Step 3

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

  • Step 4

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

    Tip: You will want to cut in about 3-4 inches or twice the width of your brush.

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