Although painting a room is a notoriously long job, there are many ways to make it go more quickly. Instead of using painter’s tape or manually cutting in your edges, use a paint edging tool for a quicker and more effective option.
Getting clean lines around your ceiling and trim is surprisingly simple with a paint edger, also known as a paint edging tool. So that you don’t unintentionally end up with additional work on your hands, be sure to use it correctly. Here are some advice for choosing the best paint edger for the job as well as information on how to use a paint edging tool.
What is a paint edging tool?
A paint edger is a compact, low-cost, and simple-to-use tool made to make it easier to paint neat edges around room borders. You can use it to paint the area surrounding trim, baseboards, and the junction of a wall and a ceiling. Also, you can rapidly paint window frames and other tight spaces in a room using it.
A typical paint edging tool has a handle, a square pad attached to a small pair of wheels for smooth glide, and some aesthetic variations. It can become one of the most helpful tools in your painting toolkit with a little bit of practice, saving you time and worry as you work on the difficult areas of a room.
How to use a paint edging tool
As soon as you get the hang of it, a paint edger is simple to use. Take these easy steps if you’re ready to put painter’s tape away for good.
What you need:
- Paint edger with attached pad
- Small painting tray (a durable paper plate would work too)
How to use the paint edger:
- Pour some paint onto a tray or paper plate. Be careful not to add too much, since you’ll want to leave enough room to wipe excess paint off of the edger pad as you go.
- Dip the paint edging tool into the paint. A shallow dip is all you’ll need to do here—just enough to lightly saturate the pad. Make sure not to get any paint on the wheels, since those will be gliding along the wall.
- Remove any excess. Gently run the paint edger back and forth along the edge of the painting tray or plate to wipe off any excess. You want to have just enough paint on the edger for even coverage but not so much that it drips off when you apply it to the wall. As a general rule of thumb, it’s better to underdo it and have to go back over the area with additional coats than to lay your paint on too thick from the get-go.
- Run the edger along the wall. Position the paint edging tool flat against the area that you want to paint, with the wheels along the adjacent part of the wall that you’re trying to keep paint off of, be that the ceiling, the top of the baseboard, or whatever other area you’re working on. Work slowly and evenly, applying paint in the same direction from one end to the other. Reapply more paint to the edger pad as needed, wiping off excess every time.
- Let the first coat dry and then apply a second coat. Most interior painting projects require two coats of paint for full coverage, so plan to go over all of the same areas with the edger a second time. Use warm water to clean the paint off of the edger pad in between uses, or toss the first pad and put on a replacement. The average drying time for paint is between one and eight hours depending on the type of paint that you use and various factors within the room. For best results, give your first coat a full 24 hours to cure, and then apply your second coat.
- Do touch-ups as needed. Working with a paint edging tool does take some practice, so don’t be surprised if you need to do some touch-ups. Use a small paintbrush to go over any smudges on the area of the wall or ceiling that you didn’t want to paint to cover up imperfections. You could also keep a clean, damp rag with you and clean up paint smudges as you go.
Choosing a paint edger
How then can you choose the best edger tool for your requirements? The following advice will help you with your purchase.
- Costs for paint edgers vary from cheap options that run less than $10 to pricier options that run $100 or more. As you might expect, cost and quality are closely aligned; however, a cheap paint edging tool can still provide you with great results. Ultimately, how much you should spend comes down to what your budget is and how often you intend to use the tool.
- Make sure that you can easily buy replacement pads for whichever paint edging tool you’re interested in purchasing. If they’re not readily available—or if they’re expensive—you’ll want to know that in advance.
- Consider whether you want a paint edger that can be attached to an extension pole. This could be handy for edging up by the ceiling or for extending further down the wall without having to constantly get up and move. If you do go this route, just keep in mind that the learning curve might be a little bit steeper for figuring out how to keep the edger steady on the pole.
Also, you have the option of using regular paint edging tools, such as those mentioned in the how-to above, or a paint edger with an unique handle that holds the paint, saving you from having to dip as you go. It comes down to personal preferences since both will function perfectly.
Other tips for painting a room quickly
The primary advantage of employing a paint edging tool is that it can significantly reduce the amount of time needed to paint a room’s borders. Also, it might assist you in getting crisp lines without the hassle of using painter’s tape.
You can also utilize these additional suggestions to complete the task quickly if you’re in a big hurry or if you just want to finish your painting assignment as soon as possible (which is understandable).
- Get ready completely first. Remove all the furniture from the room, and if necessary, lay down tarps before you even open a paint can. Don’t forget to take off any fittings or outlet covers.
- The ceiling should come first. One of the most difficult aspects of the process is painting the ceiling. You can afford to work rapidly by taking care of this first because you will be able to swiftly clean up any spatter that gets on the walls.
- Maintain airflow. By opening windows (if the weather permits) and turning on some fans, you can reduce the amount of time between applications of paint. Using thinner applications rather than heavier ones and avoiding painting on days with high humidity are further strategies to reduce drying time.
As a homeowner, painting is one of the simplest and most efficient DIY jobs you can attempt, and employing a paint edging tool will only make it simpler. With practice, you’ll be able to use a paint edger to achieve clean lines around the room in half the time it would take you to do it using other techniques, so don’t worry if your results aren’t flawless on your first try. Using the other suggestions from above, you may paint a full room in a single weekend as opposed to delaying the task for several days.