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  • Mary Insana
    Mary Insana Pittsburgh, PA
    And always use an angled brush, my dad the painter taught me that. I never use painters tape.
  • Becky
    Becky Blair, NE
    Great tip PPC. We have stained trim in all but one room, our half bath and though I've used the loaded brush along the trim while painting I didn't know the trick with the 5-in-1 tool Thanks, that looks much easier than working with just a damp rag.
  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    Somehow I suspect my efforts would not turn out the way. I have some painting coming up and I keep finding myself wishing that you were closer so I could just hire you!
  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    Vintage, yes a crisp edge helps. The job pictured was a newly constructed basement so we got our caulk lines nice and crisp, not curvy.
  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    Douglass, it is a little harder than it looks; no surprise there. The finesse in using the 5-in-1 is using the right angle with the right pressure.
  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    Thanks Becky. It takes a little practice. The finesse comes in with holding the tool at the right angle and with the right pressure.
  • Sherrie
    Sherrie Nixa, MO
    I always used the tool before I painted but I will try it this way next time. I paint my walls all the time and love this hint! Thanks
  • Carol C
    Carol C Mentor, OH
    I don't get the 5 and 1 tool. I have had one here for years and had no clue what t is. Do you use it after you paint the trim to clean up. Hope everyone's not laughing. I paint a lot and didn't know about the 5 and 1
  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    Yes Carol, after the trim is painted you run your wall paint up to the corner. Then take the 5-in-1 and rag to straighten the wet wall paint edge. The tool really should be called a 100-in-1! I hope that is the answer you were looking for.
  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    The quick way to get a crisp, straight line with little effort is a long straight edge with a handle you can buy at the big box stores...that kind used when putting up wallpaper...get the longest one you can find. Place the straight edge up next to the
  • Mary Insana
    Mary Insana Pittsburgh, PA
    Jeanette, years ago my Dad did a similar thing but with a thin piece of cardboard.
  • Dee W
    Dee W Rock Creek, OH
    Jeanette S that's a good idea as long as your walls are straight and flat. With our old house there is always clean-up after a paint job
  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    Our big problem was the grout they put in was bumpy and made it impossible to use tape or a brush. Hubby took a single edge razor blade and gently and patiently (which I do not have) cut off the excess without cutting into the wall board as we went from
  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    Yup, straight corners are a must for straight lines Jeanette.

    Having the luxury of knowing you are going to be in a house for a long time, you can invest the love that turns a house into

  • Vale_g_o
    Check out my cutting trim technique http://helpfulblogging.blogspot.com/2014/12/...
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