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Old 12-13-2010, 01:54 AM   #1
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Painting Bullnose Corners


How do you guys marry one wall color with another at a bullnose corner? On a square corner it's easy to end one color and start another, how do you handle bullnose transitions with different colors?

I'm asking because I'm curious how you guys handle situations like this, it's not for the newly formed Craigslist company I've started, honest!

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My painter uses SW Transitional paint. I think he said flat was the best for a smooth segue.

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My painter uses SW Transitional paint. I think he said flat was the best for a smooth segue.
My painter only uses Behr 2-in-1.
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My painter only uses Behr 2-in-1.
Crap. is that what the 2-1 stands for; 2 transitions, 1 paint.

Damn, now I get it
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LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:cl ap:
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A few years ago, I think it was Slick (not sure) that showed a piece of bull-nosed bead that he drilled a hole in the center of for a pencil and slid it down the corner to mark a line.
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Regardless of what paint we are using we will paint both walls their own colorand join them on the center of the bullnose. While both colors are still wet we then mix the two colors together in small container and blend them to an equally dominant shade. Then we take a 1" artist brush and blend the two colors. It may be necesarry to redo this a time or two until you find the right color fade.

If the HO wants a solid transition then you can simply paint he dominant color wall, tape the bullnose and then do the other color. I have found that this is not the best way in most cases because sometimes those bullnoses are not perfect and the different profiles up and down the corner really show when you see two different colors meeting up.
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Regardless of what paint we are using we will paint both walls their own colorand join them on the center of the bullnose. While both colors are still wet we then mix the two colors together in small container and blend them to an equally dominant shade. Then we take a 1" artist brush and blend the two colors. It may be necesarry to redo this a time or two until you find the right color fade.
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Thank you all for your input.

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Regardless of what paint we are using we will paint both walls their own colorand join them on the center of the bullnose. While both colors are still wet we then mix the two colors together in small container and blend them to an equally dominant shade. Then we take a 1" artist brush and blend the two colors. It may be necesarry to redo this a time or two until you find the right color fade.
The method that I've heard about, but not tried, is to paint both colors to the corner and leave a wet bead down the centerline of the corner, then use a "dry" roller and run it down the center of the corner, mixing the two colors together. This seems like a fast and good way to go about it. Thoughts?
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Choose the direction of the dominant room/color, drop roll of tape like a plumb line, paint. I've never considered "blending" colors on a bullnose, I like sharp lines and the wow factor expressed by my clients.
Not that it's wrong but crisp lines are the one thing a pro has over a H.O. paint job.
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I dunno i kinda like the blended idea. As long as the colors aren't really drastic i think it could look neat if done right.
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The method that I've heard about, but not tried, is to paint both colors to the corner and leave a wet bead down the centerline of the corner, then use a "dry" roller and run it down the center of the corner, mixing the two colors together. This seems like a fast and good way to go about it. Thoughts?
I have seen guys do it a few times and it seems to work out well for them. I have tried it once but was unsattisfied with the results because the new roller didnt saturate right off the bat so it gave me kind of a un-even vertical comformity (if that makes sense?). Hell give it a try. I wonder if you could use that same technique but with a light brush to feather in the color?
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got any pictures?
I do have some pictures but they are on my flashdrive that I can not find... maybe there is a thread for office organization???
I will post them once I find the flash.
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I have seen guys do it a few times and it seems to work out well for them. I have tried it once but was unsattisfied with the results because the new roller didnt saturate right off the bat so it gave me kind of a un-even vertical comformity (if that makes sense?). Hell give it a try. I wonder if you could use that same technique but with a light brush to feather in the color?
If my brain is looking at it right, a roller has a random pattern to it, so as it smudges the two paints together, it's also giving an erratic pattern, not a straight line as a brush would. I suspect that mixing the two paints as mentioned earlier to wet the roller before making the smudge would produce a more even smudging from top to bottom.

I would think that using stark contrasting colors, a sharp demarcation line where one ends and the other begins would be best, but for similar colors such as an off white and an antique or Navajo white or beige come together a smudged line would be best.
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We tape our corners with blue painters tape, leaves a nice crisp line with no bleed thru. I would like to see th mixing of the paints as well, that is being very creative!
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Choose the direction of the dominant room/color, drop roll of tape like a plumb line, paint. I've never considered "blending" colors on a bullnose, I like sharp lines and the wow factor expressed by my clients.
Not that it's wrong but crisp lines are the one thing a pro has over a H.O. paint job.

I always ask the homeowner what they would like to see. If the want a crisp line they get a crisp line. If they like the idea of blending the two colors that is what the get-unless the colors are two contrasting. Personally I see a bullnose as creating a continuation of a wall due to its radius unlike sharp corners where I see those as being stopping points.

Does anyone know around what time the use of the bullnose corner came into play? In my area I see allot of them in what was high end homes back in the 60's and 70's
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Bullnose started becoming popular around here in the 90's, maybe slightly earlier. I don't generally like it, but it can look nice in some homes.
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We do a lot of them. Tape a straight line and spray it.

Here are some photos.
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I would be very interested to see a transition on a bullnose corner. I think I've seen bullnose corners in one home in my entire life, and that was in Wichita. Been in over 200 homes in KC and haven't seen one yet.

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