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Rubber Band to Remove Excess Paint from Brush

When painting, stretch a large, wide rubber band from the top to the bottom of the paint can so that the rubber band lays across the widest part of the opening. After dipping the brush into the paint, wipe it against the rubber band, instead of the lip, to remove excess paint. You'll be left with a clean can and the lid will be easier to replace.

Jennifer from Conyers, GA

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September 18, 20070 found this helpful
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Just be careful about putting the rubber band on and off! I was painting my son's closet door black with red, yellow and orange flames. I had the doors on sawhorses and outlined the flames. I set the can of black paint on the door to put the rubber band on it.

As I was stretching it from top to bottom, the rubber band slipped and flipped the can out of my hands - black paint all over the door, the floor and me! Boy what a mess. I'm so glad it was just a small can of paint!

Lesson learned. After I cleaned up my mess, I ended up having to re-sand and re-primer the door because the black showed up through the flames.

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September 11, 20070 found this helpful

That makes all the sense! You just changed the way I paint. Thanks!

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September 11, 20070 found this helpful

So simple, yet SO helpful!

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May 21, 20100 found this helpful

Great idea, only one thing wrong, I read this the day after I painted! LOL

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May 21, 20100 found this helpful

That is such a good idea.

But, I'm wondering how to get that paint filled rubber band off of the paint can without it popping off and splattering it everywhere.

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