Follow this advice from the pros to get a smooth, clean finish
1. Roll paint along the edges for a consistent texture
Corners and areas next to trim that are painted only with a brush have a noticeably different texture than the surrounding rolled-on paint.
To ensure the finished texture will be consistent, brush on the paint, then roll it out with an 80mm roller.
Roll as close as you can to the edges of these areas without bumping the adjacent wall or getting any paint on the trim. Work in sections, brushing the paint on and then rolling it out.
2. Let paint dry, then cut the tape off
When you have finished painting, make sure you don’t just rip off the masking tape around the trim. Paint forms a film between the wall and the tape, and removing it tears pieces of dried paint off the wall. So before pulling off the tape, cut it loose. Wait at least 24 hours for the paint to completely dry, then use a sharp utility knife to slice through the film.
3. Banish mess when doing a paint job
The plastic-wrapped case that holds bottles of water makes an ideal holder for your paint cans, trays and brushes. Sloshed or dripped paint won’t then spill onto a drop sheet and get tracked all over the house.