We have had to do this with a number of arches, so the plumb line part doesn't really work. We cobbled together a stack of staggered stir-sticks and taped a pencil to it so we could draw a consistent line around the arch. Then we cut to the line.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.
We have had to do this with a number of arches, so the plumb line part doesn't really work. We cobbled together a stack of staggered stir-sticks and taped a pencil to it so we could draw a consistent line around the arch. Then we cut to the line.
The "direction of the dominant color" idea is a good tip and looks better than splitting the bullnose down the middle, IMHO. If the transition is between a more public and private space, for instance, we go around the curve from the public side.
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.
freehand?As long as it isn't a textured wall any decent painter should be able to free hand them. If not just use frog tape.
Wisey I paint you in a corner and not even throw you a sammich, pics. pfft. Is it lunch time in KC? Why are you at work?
did a bunch in florida. i sort of like it if done right.Freehand?? Yeah right, I tried that in my macho days and it looked like crap. We just did some bullnose patio homes last year and we had to use the blue tape. Our drywallers were just crudy enough that they didn't flush the bullnose, therefore leaving a perfect line for us to use as a tape guide. I even thought we would be able to freehand those because of the line the drywallers created by not using enough mud, but freehanding is much more difficult than most can imagine. The crisp line created by the blue tape is the only way I would/will do it, nothing else is acceptable to me.
Bullnose is not real popular here in the Louisville area, I've always seen lots of it in Florida. I kind of thought it originated down there.
I think you are thinking of Tim, here is Tim's tip from PTA 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.