A guide on how to use a paint edger to save time while cutting in around edges.
Do you want to paint a wall but want to save time when cutting in around the edges? Your solution is a paint edger, but they can be touchy, so how do you use one without getting paint everywhere. Let me show you how to use a paint edger around a ceiling and trim.
What is a paint edger?
Paint edgers are tools designed to paint in a straight line along the edges of an area (walls or trim) that you do not intend to paint. They eliminate using painter’s tape and a paintbrush to cut-in around most areas. You will need a paintbrush to paint right up to edges.
- You have to be careful with how much paint you have on the paint edger
How does a paint edger work?
The way that the edger works is that the little black rollers will roll along the wall or trim while the pad applies paint along the area.
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HOW TO USE A PAINT EDGER
- Shur-line paint edger
- painting tray
- paintbrush (to wipe the paint bucket)
You can print the material list and instructions below.
To set up to use the paint edger, put some paint into the painting tray (or paper plate in this example).
If you are wondering the best way to open a can of paint, be sure to visit my tutorial on how to open a can of paint without a mess.
Then dip the edger pad into the paint without getting any paint on the black wheels that will roll along the area.
After you have paint on the edger, removed the excess paint off by using the rolling part of the tray.
You will move the edger up and down on the tray, like you would a paint roller, until you have just the right amount of paint on the edger, the picture below could use a little less paint, but it still worked. This is an essential part because too much paint will get everywhere, and then edger will not work the way you hope.
Then take the edger to the area you will be painting and run the black rollers along with the trim or ceiling (whatever you are painting).
Apply more paint to the pad whenever you need more and continue the process until the areas if painted.
I did find that I needed two coats of paint to get the coverage I wanted, so apply as many coats as you need.
I found that with a little practice, it got easier to use a paint edger. I would recommend this method if you want to save time by not apply tape to everything and if you are not the best at cutting in with a paintbrush.
SIDE NOTE: If you want more tips on how to paint a room, be sure to visit the guide about how to paint a room plus ceiling in your house.
Now grab this simple paint edger and cut in around your wall without using any tape to save you a ton of time when painting.