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.
Use Quick Drying Filler
Builder’s Paper Instead of Drop Cloths
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.
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
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.
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.
Extend your Roller’s Reach
Wrap Your Tools for the Night
Handy Tools for Clean Up
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