In­vest in a good roller

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Dry Your Brush

If you are go­ing to re­use a brush that has just been cleaned with wa­ter, blow it dry with a hair dryer first. Any resid­ual wa­ter in the bris­tles will di­lute the paint on the brush, caus­ing it to run down the han­dle when paint­ing. If the brush has just been cleaned with min­eral spir­its, dry the bris­tles as well as pos­si­ble with pa­per tow­els be­fore start­ing to paint. Spread the pa­per towel out to dry be­fore dis­pos­ing.

Get­ting A Cleaner Edge

If us­ing mask­ing tape to pro­tect a sur­face (ex­cept car­pet) when paint­ing, re­move the tape as soon as you can. You will get a cleaner "edge" and there is less chance the tape will bond to the sur­face it is pro­tect­ing and be­come dif­fi­cult to re­move. Mask­ing tape comes in many grades and qual­i­ties so talk to your paint sup­plier to make sure you get the right tape for the job you are do­ing.

Re­seal­ing The Can

Af­ter open­ing, and be­fore us­ing a new can of paint, drive about 5 or 6 holes with a nail around the rim where the lid sits. This will al­low paint to drain back into the con­tainer in­stead of fill­ing the rim. If the rim fills with paint, it is dif­fi­cult to re­seal the can.

In­vest In A Good Brush

Buy a good-qual­ity brush or roller. A cheap brush loses bris­tles, doesn't hold as much paint, and is harder to use when "cut­ting in" to another sur­face. Cheap rollers tend to matt and leave an un­even "stip­ple" on the sur­face.

Keep A Wet Edge

When brush­ing or rolling, al­ways work from the dry sur­face back into the wet paint, work­ing fast enough to keep a wet edge. If you are go­ing to take a break, do it in a cor­ner, never in the mid­dle of a wall. This will help avoid lap and roller marks in the painted sur­face.

Use An Ex­ten­sion Pole

Use an ex­ten­sion pole on your roller han­dle. It al­lows you to use longer strokes and saves you from bend­ing over to re­fill the roller with more paint. It also speeds up the job and makes it eas­ier to main­tain a wet edge — es­pe­cially on a ceil­ing.

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