Read this before you paint
paint running down the handle.
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 five or six 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 and roller
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 mat 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.
Use two-inch masking tape around the edge of the carpet when painting baseboards. Allow the tape to lay on the baseboard about 3/4,” and tuck it down over the carpet fibers as you pull them away from the baseboard. The tape will not stick firmly to the carpet, so let the paint dry before removing it.
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