What is “hatbanding” and how can you avoid it?
Hatbanding, or also known as “picture framing”, is more common with usage of certain paints than others.
Hatbanding is where the top portion of the wall after painted ( the cut-in portion) appears usually lighter than the rest of the wall and makes an appearance of a band going around the top of your walls.
My experience with using various kinds of paints, Benjamin Moore is the most notorious paint for that to happen. This is not to say that Benjamin Moore has a problem with their paints. It’s that you have to know how to use them. In fact, I love Benjamin Moore Paints. It is a very high quality paint.
That being said, there are 3 main reasons that may cause hatbanding:
1) Certain paints with their various sheens could produce it.
2) Paint may not be mixed thoroughly. It is a good idea to mix regularly any medium to dark tinted paint as you continue painting.
3) The texture of the brush versus the texture of the roller may play a part in how the refraction of light bounces off these two textures. The key is to roll as tightly as possible preferably before the cut in process dries. Wet on wet!
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