Painting Tricks and Time-Savers
Wendell T. Webber
Five ways to make sure you don't waste time, energy, or paint.
Don't submerge a brush more than a third of the way into the paint. Excess paint won't speed the process, but it will clog the base of the bristles, making cleanup more difficult and shortening the life of the brush.
Wipe the rim of the paint can with a screwdriver wrapped in a rag. If you have paint in the groove, you won't be able to seal the top tightly.
Cover the open can with plastic wrap to create a clean seal, then pound on the lid with a hammer. Dab a little paint on the lid with a rag to remind you of the color. Write the paint's name and number on the lid with a permanent marker so you can reorder if necessary.
Keep cans upside down to create a tight seal around the lid. Be sure to stash latex paints where they won't freeze, since they are water-based.
No time to clean? Place your roller cover in a Ziploc bag and store it in the refrigerator or a cool spot during painting breaks (or overnight). Be sure there's no excess air in the bag.