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4. PAINT 


We’ve laid out the basic steps to painting your Backdrop. Make sure to always work from the top down. Paint the ceiling first, then the walls, and finish with the trim.



PAINT THE CEILING FIRST.

Allow 24 hours of dry time before you paint your walls. You don’t need to use a ladder; save your neck and use a roller extension pole. After cutting in around the edges (more on that below) move side-to-side with your roller across the ceiling.

WHY PAINT THE TRIM LAST?

When rolling the paint on the large, open wall surfaces, sometimes little specks of paint will splatter onto the trim. If you paint the walls first, these little blemishes will be covered over when you paint the trim.

 

CUT IN.

Use your 2-inch paint brush. Think of this step as outlining your backdrop before you fill it in. Start cutting in on the corners and move in short sweeping strokes.

DIP, TAP, DON'T WIPE.

You’ll get more paint by dipping the bristles about an inch into the paint and then just patting the brush against opposite sides of the pail.

#PROTIP: CUT IN ONE WALL AT A TIME.

You’ll get better results if you cut in just one wall, then immediately roll out the wall before cutting in the next one. If you roll out the wall right away, while the cut-in paint is still wet, the cut-in paint and the wall paint will blend much better, reducing the chance of lap marks.

WORK FROM A PAINT PAIL.

Pour about 1 inch of paint into the pail. Hold the brush at the base like a pen.

#PROTIP: PAINT A THICKER BORDER NEAR THE CEILING WITH YOUR BRUSH TO ENSURE YOUR ROLLER WON’T HIT THE CEILING.

When cutting in against a ceiling without tape, start by sweeping strokes--don’t worry about getting close on the first pass. Without reloading your brush, make a second pass to get the paint closer to the line. Fan the bristles so you’re using the tip of the taper to spread the paint in a straight line.

 

ROLL 

(The good ASMR stuff. Get your phone ready.)

START WITH A TRAY LINER.

Don’t completely saturate the roller, instead slowly dip and roll out the paint evenly in the tray.

START FROM THE TOP AND WORK DOWN IN COLUMNS. 

Make a W and fill in with vertical rolls (up and down). Aim for 4x4 sections at a time. (Don’t over do it. A good roll doesn’t take that much pressure.)

 For the best finish, we strongly suggest two coats of paint. Just make sure to wait at least 3 hours between coats.


#PROTIP: NEED A BREAK? BACKDROP TRAY LINERS DOUBLE AS A TRAY COVER.

You can leave your roller and paint up to 24-hours as long as it’s covered.

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