Edging Tools for Painting

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Painting perfect edges is made easier by using edging tools. There are several products available that help in different ways according to what is specifically needed. Some help reach high places, others are ergonomically designed for comfort.

Roller Pad

A roller pad is a foam pad with straight edges that has two rollers on either side. A reason to opt for this tool is that it makes painting around doors and windows easy, and no tape is needed. One company that make roller pads is Zibra. Its roller pad, the Edge-n-Roll, also comes with a painting tray and a lid. Simply put the lid on the tray so the paint can continue to be used the next day.


The Shur-Line edger is a type of roller pad, with wheels and a foam pad, but it has a convenient feature the others do not. This tool has the option of coming with an extension pole that will extend between 30 and 60 inches. This eliminates the need for ladders and makes the job less involved. Also, because it is a roller pad, no tape is needed when using this tool.


Tape is the simplest of the edging tools. Simply place masking tape along the edges of walls so that the paint will not go on undesired areas. One drawback of using tape is that is time consuming to put the tape along all the walls, and it can peel paint off the walls when taken off. Also, sometimes walls edges are not straight, which makes taping even more difficult and might require lightly sanding the walls.

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