With spring right around the corner, here are some handy painting hints:
By latrtatr from Loup City, NE
I would like to add another painting tip. Always have a damp rag when you paint. It can clean up, drips, runs or mistakes, like getting paint on the trim or a window etc. I always have a wet rag when I paint and it helps to keep things clean.
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When I am painting, I always line my paint tray with foil. This works with whatever container you might use. The paint does not dry up as fast and it is easy to clean at the end.
If I am going to have a time break, slide the brush, container and all into a bag and seal it. Stays fresh when out of the air current in the house. This keeps for a couple hours.
By TandT Grandma from Benson, MN
Have always done the plastic covering but never thought about using aluminum foil as a liner! Great tip! (03/19/2010)
Tips to help you while painting the interior of your house.
When taking a break while painting the inside of your home, you can wrap rollers in plastic bags (make sure there are no holes and all air is squeezed out of bag) and place in fridge. This will keep them moist and you can use them again without having to clean them.
If you're not finished painting, cover the paintbrush with plastic wrap and place in freezer. The brush will thaw and be great.
When I paint with a roller and pan, and I have to step away for a short while, I lay the roller on the pan and then cover both with a wet hand towel. It keeps everything moist.
When using a paint roller and tray, place the tray in a plastic shopping/carrier bag then pour the paint in. When finished, remove the bag and place in the bin - the tray will have very little paint on it and be very easy to clean.
Jo (Who always hated washing the tray until she found this tip!)
Line your paint tray with foil for easier cleanup.
Cut strips of paper, moisten and place on windows when painting the frames. They will stick long enough for you to paint and save scraping paint off the glass.
To get rid of smoke smells in a house, just add vanilla to the paint, works like a charm
Buy lots of the blue painters tape (like masking tape, only lots better) it makes every thing a lot easier, just remember to rub it down good and to peel it off as soon as you are done before the paint dries, or the paint can come with it.
After living in a house that the ceiling was painted in a flat paint, it seemed to obsorb all the light and looked dull and dirty, I painted it with semi gloss or satin paint. What a difference, the light bounced around the room and the ceiling never looked dull and dirty again! (same color)
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My sister found out quite by accident that the new bright RED colors need to be primered before painting. I had never known that until then. And department stores that sell you the paint sure don't bother to tell you. (06/21/2007)
By Sharon, KY
Here is my tip:
Between painting, even for a day, you can wrap and or cover your items with that new Press and Seal wrap. It is wonderful for that. I seal the whole roller head with it and it is the same the next day. That product allows no air in when you seal it correctly.
That new blue painters tape (new to me anyway) tore the paint from my ceiling, even though it states that there is a 14- day removal time.
My ceiling had dried for 2 weeks and the tape was only on for 4 days. Now I have all that repair to do, I am NOT happy with the blue painters tape!
I do however love the plastic pour lids you can buy for very little $ to put on top of the paint cans. (06/22/2007)