How to Use a Paint Edger

Painting the edges in a room can be tricky, often leading to uneven brush strokes and accidental paint on the ceiling or other walls. Taping off the edges can provide some assistance, but in some cases peeling away the tape after the paint dries causes some of the paint to peel away as well. Using a paint edger to paint corners and edges provides you with a clean line without accidental transfer of paint onto the surrounding walls and ceiling.

Dip the edger into the paint, coating the entire surface of the edger. Sponge off excess paint by drawing the surface of the edger along the side of the paint pan. Removing excess paint beforehand will keep the paint from running down the wall.

Place the paint edger on the wall about 2 feet away from the corner or edge, and roll it slowly at a 45-degree angle into the corner you are painting.

Move the edger slowly along the wall edge, monitoring the smoothness of the paint as your roll. If the paint consistency begins to thin out, or the roller is not moving as smoothly, refresh the paint.

Attach your paint edger to an extension pole for hard-to-reach areas and follow the same procedure.


  • Paint edgers come with and without propeller wheels. The edgers without wheels may provide a smoother paint job, allowing you to move the edger into corners without interference.


  • Edgers propelled by wheels may leave a small gap between the wheels and the walls that will require you to paint in the gap by hand with a brush. This can be avoided by using an edger without wheels.

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Jennifer Hudock is an author, editor and freelancer from Pennsylvania. She has upcoming work appearing in two Library of the Living Dead Press anthologies and has been published in numerous print and online journals, including eMuse, Real TV Addict and Strange Horizons. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing from Bloomsburg University.