10 Top Tips to Make Any Paint Job Go Faster

Painting a room is a job most DIYers can tackle by themselves. Getting professional looking results, however, requires planning and preparation. It’s worth spending the time to do the job right. There are plenty of tips and tricks you can employ to make the work of painting go more quickly and smoothly. Here are a few of our favorites that will get you out of your paint clothes, and into a freshly painted room that’s ready to enjoy.

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  1. Wear Your Masking Tape


    Prepping to paint may seem like a hassle, but it’s worth the effort. Save time and free up your hands by wearing your masking tape. Either hang it around your neck with a length of twine, or cut the toe off an old sock and place that on your wrist before slipping on your tape roll as a bracelet.


  2. Use Quick Drying Filler


    Use a quick drying spackling for all the small cracks and nail holes in your walls. Many change color as soon as they are dry, so there’s no guesswork (or fingerprints!) about when you can sand and move on to painting.

    Related:  How To—Patch Plaster Walls


  3. Builder’s Paper Instead of Drop Cloths


    Drop cloths are notoriously slippery on hardwood floors, and can bunch up under ladders. Make protecting your floors easier by purchasing a roll of builder’s paper to cover all the edges of the room. The whole painting job will be safer, faster, and clean up will be a snap.


  4. Press & Seal Protection


    Glad Press & Seal wrap makes an excellent self-sticking masking material for awkward objects like toilet tanks, vanities, and even light fixtures. And unlike a drop cloth, it will stays put, protecting your appliances from paint splatters.

    Related:  How to Remove Paint Spots from Wood Floors


  5. Use a Paint Pad for Trimming & Awkward Places


    A paint pad can make cutting in around windows and molding a quicker, neater job, allowing you to eliminate some masking. You can also remove a paint pad head from its applicator and hot glue it to a paint stick to create a super-flat painting tool that will reach tight spaces, like behind a toilet tank.

    Related:  How To—Paint Windows


  6. Line Your Equipment


    Line your paint trays with aluminum foil, and clean up becomes a whole lot easier. Just let the paint dry, and pull the foil out. If you choose to use a bucket, line it with plastic or a clean garbage bag and tape it around the outside edge of the bucket. Lift and remove it, and it’s like nothing ever happened.


  7. Use a Bucket, Not a Tray


    For larger jobs, use a 5 gallon bucket with a paint screen instead of a traditional paint tray. This will allow you to load your roller more quickly, and you won’t need to stop and refill a tray while you're in the middle of painting a wall.

    Related:  7 Creative DIY Ways to Reuse a 5-Gallon Bucket


  8. Extend your Roller’s Reach


    You can avoid a lot of trips up and down a ladder if you add an extension handle to your paint roller. It will save both time and your back!


  9. Wrap Your Tools for the Night


    If you don’t finish the job before the day is through, wrap your trays, rollers and brushes in plastic wrap. They’ll stay wet until morning, and you can save yourself the task of washing up for when the job is completely done.


  10. Handy Tools for Clean Up


    It’s worth investing in some tools for cleaning up. A painter’s comb will help you clean your brushes more quickly and completely, so that they’ll be ready for your next paint job and a roller cleaner will quickly clean paint-drenched rollers, so you can use them again.


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