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Painting vertical lines

Is there an easier way to paint vertical lines on a wall, besides taping. Is there a special roller/brush available?

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Posted 2013-07-31T15:48:07+0000  by daWilliams daWilliams

Welcome to our community Dawilliams!


Thank you for your question! There is not a special tool you can use to paint vertical lines across a wall, but I think you may be on to something! :smileywink:


Taping would be the most fool proof way to paint vertical lines. If you have a steady hand, you can draw the lines down the wall and cut in with an angled paint brush.


Another thing you can consider using is a paint shield. If you draw the lines down the wall, you can hold the paint shield against the line and cut in with a paint brush. Paint shields come in different lengths, so you can pick how much working room is most comfortable for you.


If you have any more questions, please let us know!


Christine :smileyhappy:

Posted 2013-07-31T17:30:07+0000  by Christine_HD_ATL

 For razor sharp lines, USE THE TAPE and seal the edges with a clear acrylic paint. I usually recommend the sample jars of Behr "deep base" flat paint as a sealer. This is what is used to make very deep colors, Before tinting, it dries clear. The 8 ouince jar is only $3 and should be able to do at least 100 feet of lines.Sealing the edges is especially important on textured walls.


You certainly could "free hand" the cutting in of the lines, but pencil lines would still have to be drawn, or a laser device used to project line down the wall. Free handing would also leave a perceptible texture difference between the brushed and rolled areas.  If the line were taped, you could simply roll over the tape resulting in an even texture. This is especially noticeable if a glossier paint is being used.


A straight edge or paint shield would be dificult to use, as the paint would tend to get sucked under the edge, resulting in a jagged edge. Again, a pencil line would still be needed.


If you use the taping meathod. pull  the tape as soon as you are done, if you are sure that only one coat is needed. Acrylic paints have a somewhat rubbery quality. If you let the paint dry spanning the edge, you risk pulling up "dog ears" which will have to be touched up.


Hope this has helped.

Posted 2013-07-31T18:46:18+0000  by ordjen
When you want crisp, straight lines, daWilliams, selecting the right tape is one key.

This "How To" video discusses selecting tape that will help you produce perfectly straight lines with no paint bleed.

Watch Our How-To Video

Posted 2015-12-03T23:36:27+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
One other trick, daWilliams!

Use a #2 pencil and straight edge to mark your lines ... placing the marks inside the area to be painted.

This allows you to paint over the pencil marks; eliminating the need to erase the marks.

A pro approach that will save DIYers time and frustration.

Pat InPaint
Posted 2015-12-10T17:16:54+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
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