Painting Tips and Tricks

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August 20, 2010

Painting Tips and TricksYou'll keep the floor neater during the next painting job if you glue a paper plate to the bottom of your paint can, instead of trying to move newspapers under the container every time you set it down.


By Ron from Cortez, CO

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April 10, 2014

Some jobs need all kinds of 'taping off'. Try using Press 'n Seal instead of tape. It adheres to itself and is so easy to get where you want covered up. I'm repainting a step stool here, and it was so easy to cover all the legs and step attachments. A lot cheaper than a roll of blue tape, too!

Masking Paint with Press and Seal


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July 16, 2012

I have been painting the house, so I have had to wash out my paint tray. I found a tip to avoid having to rinse out your tray for the next colour.


Just put a plastic bag over your tray and push it down before you dump in the paint.


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February 25, 2011

With spring right around the corner, here are some handy painting hints.


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December 23, 2015

Painting the inside door moulding around the hinges is a job I've never relished because it's picky work. I always ended up getting paint on the hinges no matter how careful I was.


It looked awful and needed scraping off when the paint was dry.


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January 24, 2014

In each room I store a paint chip from the store for that room. Should I need to touch up the paint for that room or want to repaint it, I have all the information on that card.

Paint chip card in kitchen cabinet.


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July 11, 2012

When painting, don't take off door handles just cover them with tin foil. It makes the job a whole lot easier.


February 25, 2010

I have been painting the last couple of weeks and all the rooms are different colors. To save a lot of work on clean-up I put the painting tray in a plastic grocery bag.


When you are done painting a room just pull the bag off the tray inside out and throw in the garbage.


April 24, 2009

When painting a room, if you find the touch-up tedious, use a tampon. This is how it works. Push a small portion from the applicator. Dip just the tip in the paint. Remove the drip. Blot on the mistake whereas your paint touched the ceiling or vise versa.


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June 20, 2019

I'm certainly not an expert when it comes to painting but I have learned a few tricks that have been a help to me.

Holes poked around the can of paint or stain to allow it to drip down.


March 18, 2013

I attach a can opener, to the end of a paintbrush, that is removable. This makes things so much more simple instead of searching for the opener every time.

Can opener attached to paint brush.


June 22, 2009

Keep a small container of your wall paint in your refrigerator for quick touch up jobs. The paint stays fresh and you don't have to drag out a heavy messy paint can for small jobs.


July 22, 2005

Before painting, clean walls with white vinegar and let dry before painting. Inexpensive and easy. Also put your paint brushes in white vinegar and rinse well and dry before using.


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January 19, 2011

Want to save having to wash paint out of that paint tray or the cost of replacing one? How about the cost of liners?


Use heavy duty aluminum foil. Save your larger used pieces and use the clean side in your paint tray.


September 23, 2010

Apply a coat of lemon oil to woodwork if you are painting around it. If any paint spatters onto the woodwork, it will wipe off without any trouble. You are also conditioning the woodwork at the same time.


December 6, 2004

When doing painting, staining, or polyurethane projects; I keep Wet Ones pop-up wipes handy to clean my hands, wipe off paint brush handles, or wipe up small accidents.


January 21, 2014

Here's a tip that I use all the time. Wear your clothes inside out! Sweats work the best.


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June 29, 2013

When you're painting and you need to put your brush down it can be messy, not to mention losing it. Just use a hot glue gun and attach a magnet on to your brush handle.


Then when you need to set down your brush it will stay right on your paint can.


August 14, 2009

When you need a small amount of paint for touch-up check the craft department. Walmart has every color and they cost about $1.


January 8, 2007

Keeping Paint Off Hinges. It can be difficult to put masking tape on hinges to keep paint off them. Instead, cover them with petroleum jelly.


April 11, 2005

Always use blue painter's tape, not regular masking tape to mask areas when you are painting. Blue tape peels off easily, masking tape often doesn't.


May 3, 2007

When painting, write down the brand of paint and color of paint and any numbers on the can that identify the type of paint. Keep this info in a binder or on your computer as a good reminder if you ever have to buy more.


June 29, 2006

If you are painting and don't want to get paint on your shoes or the floor throughout the rest of your house, tie plastic grocery bags over your shoes.


January 12, 2006

If you like a quick painting job, paint your entire room with a Flat Latex paint, trim and all...


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September 26, 2018

I used a 35.3 oz. Nestle Coffee-mate container to apply water proofing sealer to our deck. The container is comfortable to hold and it made the job much easier. After I finished, I put it in the trash.

An easy to hold Coffee-mate plastic container with paint inside.

November 30, 2010

When painting with toddlers, we put the paint in a plastic paint cup. I found there were no lids at the center where I'm working. I don't like washing the remaining paint out of the cups because it is so wasteful.


September 3, 2008

When we moved in to our new home, we wanted to get the painting done before moving all the furniture. We supplied the paint and the food. Friends and family had an enjoyable time and the painting got done in no time.


March 22, 2007

Do you ever notice how the trim next to the floor in your house collects so much dust and never seems to come clean? Try wiping all the dust, dirt, and food off the best you can.


January 4, 2007

Quick Paint Touch Ups. Did you already clean your paint brushes but notice you missed a spot? Don't dirty a paint brush for a small touch up. Just use a q-tip and toss it when you are finished.


November 1, 2006

Put plastic lids under each leg to help catch drips when painting. It's also good to put newspaper down, but the plastic lids will keep paint from soaking through the newspaper and staining the floor when applying paint to the legs.


April 16, 2005

I have been painting my living room and find that, very often, I am called away from my work by a telephone call or a child needing help. I keep a large plastic garbage sack nearby and, when I am called away, I place my paint pan, with roller and brush and all, inside the bag and twist it a few times to seal.


April 16, 2005

After cleaning a used paintbrush, put a rubber band around the bristles of the brush to help it keep its shape while drying.


October 6, 2004

A lot of the stores around here have started putting their meat in big plastic pans. Washed out these make great disposable paint pans.


September 21, 2004

Borrow your kid's skateboard when you are painting baseboards and lower walls. Just sit cross-legged on a skateboard and roll along with your paintbrush and a paint can. It's much easier on your back. By Katz



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January 24, 2019

A while ago there was an article about how to tape off a closet door so it could be painted inside the taped area. I would appreciate seeing the article.

Thank you.


January 24, 20190 found this helpful
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#1 white interior semi gloss paint(great to wipe/ clean) on doors and frame trim
#2 buy either a small roller, or a really good/ wide brush. If you buy the bit more expensive paint, one dab ll do ya!
# maybe this should have been #1 most if not all stores will give you a Large free sample of all paints
The painting is pretty much self explanatory,
PLEASE BUY REAL PAINT TAPE and follow the instructions. If there are non, GOOGLE YOUR QUESTIONS

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