A list of twenty tips and hints that will make painting easier. Tips include ways that will make clean up easier, how to protect surface, etc.
Painting is a hard enough job without any extra labor. The following is a list of tips you should keep in mind before you start painting. They might not make you enjoy it, but they will make the job easier.
1. Make sure you have everything you need before you get started–especially enough paint. In general, a can of paint covers about 400 square feet.
2. Try to avoid painting on rainy days. The extra humidity in the air will cause the paint to dry slower. If this can’t be avoided, use a dehumidifier to help speed the drying process.
3. If you are painting a large room, don’t try and same money by purchasing the cheap rollers and brushes. The money you save will be minimal and won’t make up for sore hands. Plus, better rollers and brushes will help you work quicker.
4. Have your primer tinted the same color as you intend to paint. This will ensure that the paint covers well and could cut down on the need for an additional coat.
5. Use a nail to tap about five or six holes in the retaining grove of the paint can. This will allow the paint to run back into the can. If you need to reseal the can, you can put the nails into the can or put a little play dough or clay over the holes.
6. Glue a large paper plate to the bottom of any open paint can you are using to catch any splatters or drips.
7. Flattened out corrugated boxes are perfect to cover the floors with when painting.
8. Have a wet rag and paper towels handy to wipe up any drips or mistakes. Most of them–including accidental dabs on the ceiling–can be removed this way.
9. Keep some patching compound and a spackle handy. You’ll be surprised at all the little holes and marks you can find on your wall. They might not have been visible with the old color, but they can stand out with the new.
10. When stopping for short periods, seal your paintbrushes inside a Ziploc or plastic bag. This will keep them “fresh” without having to spend the time cleaning them. Plastic wrap and aluminum foil work almost as well.
11. Line the inside of your paint tray with aluminum foil or plastic. It will make the clean up easier.
12. To make cleaning your brushes easier, use an old baby-wipe container. Poor paint thinner into the container and push the handle of the brush through the hole in the lid. This will allow the brush to soak without bending the bristles. If you don’t have any baby-wipe containers, try cutting a slot into the lid of a coffee can or similar container.
13. Wipe paint rollers on old newspapers before cleaning. Getting rid of any excess paint will make them easier to clean.
14. Rub hand lotion on your hands and arms before you begin. It will make the paint easier to wash off your hands when you’re finished. Also, baby oil is sometime better at removing paint from your skin that soap.
15. If you have a steady hand, you might not need masking tape to cover the edges.
16. Wet newspaper can work great at protecting windows. You can use one-inch long strips of newspaper to protect the windowpanes around a window. Dip each strip into water. Pull the strip between your thumb and index finger to remove the excess water. Press the strips onto the glass close to the wood. Do only two at a time and remove them as soon as you’re through.
17. If you’re painting a bathroom, use wet newspaper to cover the bottom and sides of the tub. The newspaper will click and keep your tub paint-free.
18. Wrap hardware (doorknobs, hinges, pulls, etc.) in foil before painting.
19. Use old milk jugs to store paint. It will keep just as long and the paint is easier to access if you need to do some touch-ups.
20. Write the date, brand and color of paint used under the light switch for a handy reference.
Copyright © 2006 Ian White