Picture framing occurs when areas that are cut in with a brush appear lighter or darker in color and sheen than the surrounding rolled or sprayed areas, causing the appearance of a picture frame. The problem can be caused by uneven application of paint, paint that hasn't been mixed well, or spraying paint in small spaces. Contractors and maintenance professionals can follow a few guidelines to repair and prevent this common issue.
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Some of the best ways to prevent picture framing are painting your corners and edges of one section at a time, maintaining a wet edge when painting, and taking your roller as close to the corners as you can while painting the walls.
If you're already faced with a picture framing problem with paint, try to match the overlapping sections as closely as possible. This can be accomplished by the application of additional coats of paint to the cut in areas.
Why Does Picture Framing Occur?
When working in apartment maintenance, the large surface areas of walls are usually painted with rollers. Rollers hold more paint, distribute the paint more evenly than a brush and get the job done much faster.
Brushes typically are used for smaller spaces, to cut in to corners, and to paint along the trim lines. When these two painting methods meet, you can encounter a picture framing problem with paint.
Property managers can avoid the common issue of picture framing to make the real estate more attractive for residents and their owners.