I'm going to paint another room in my house this weekend, and I have most of the prep work completed (walls cleaned, holes spackled and sanded, covers/vents removed, a few odds and ends taped off).
One thing I very distinctly remember from the last major painting job I did (I took a full week off and painted most of the rest of the house) is how incredibly painful my wrists and elbows were for a few days after painting. I am pretty sure my 'cutting in' (hand-painting corners, sills, along molding, etc.) was the culprit, because actually rolling on the paint on the larger areas was a breeze (comparatively).
What are some techniques that I can use to make cutting in easier and faster?
- Narrower or wider brush? (I have a 2" brush right now)
- Angled or flat brush? (I'm using an angle brush right now)
- Long or short handle? (I have a long-handled brush, but sometimes I 'choke up' on it)
- Should I dampen the brush before starting?
- Should I mix in any paint additives? (Like Floetrol?)
I use a step stool to reach along the ceiling and higher in the corners, but everything else is easy enough to reach from the ground.