Unknown Painting Techniques from Our Skilled Field Editors

Unknown Painting Techniques from Our Skilled Field Editors

Unknown Painting Techniques from Our Skilled Field Editors

We asked our Field Editors for practical painting advice, and they responded with hundreds of helpful suggestions.

Paint Can Lids Won’t Leak Anymore

Have you ever slammed a paint can lid and had paint splatter all over the place? Grab a 5-in-1 tool, and using the sharp end, poke a few holes through the groove of the can’s rim, you can stop it from happening (be sure to rotate the tool left and right a little to widen the holes).


Excess paint can drain back into the can thanks to the perforations. The lid will close off the openings and conceal them. If you don’t have a 5-in-1 tool on hand, you can use a hammer and nail to make some holes. Lawrence Gusman

Keep a Brush Safe with A Glove


When I’m painting, I like to don disposable nitrile gloves. They prevent my brush from drying out anytime I take a break and keep my hands clean. I simply reach out with my gloved hand and grab the moist bristles, pulling the glove over them. Air is kept out by a twist tie around the handle. (Ned Webb).


The Height of a Push Broom Handle


An adjustable extension pole for rolling paint in high spots might cost between $10 and $70. Try a push broom handle instead if adjustability is not vital to you or if you simply want to save some money. On a paint roller, the majority fit neatly. David Moran The best yard tools have long handles. See these 23 clever uses for yard tools.

Put Some On, Then Smooth Some Out.


When using a brush to paint trim or other woodwork, I’ve discovered that it works best to fully load the brush with paint before applying it thickly in tiny parts with quick, short strokes—just to get enough paint on the trim to work with. I next use lengthy finishing strokes in one direction to smooth everything out and merge the paint into the area I had painted earlier.

Saves Brush Bristles

Unknown Painting Techniques from Our Skilled Field Editors

Paintbrush bristles will curl or splay as they dry if nothing is there to hold them in place. The cardboard packaging they came in is the ideal container for storing them. They serve a purpose beyond simple packing by preserving the bristle’s shape when the brush dries after cleaning. Use paper and a rubber band if your brush wrappers have already been disposed of. Andrew Benke Your life will improve dramatically if you use these 13 zip tie tricks.

Best Floor Protector is Cardboard


Drop cloths are not my favorite. Especially when I need to move them while they are still covered with wet paint, they are frequently too large, slippery, cumbersome, and just plain messy. Because of this, I favor cardboard. As I move around the room, I set it firmly on the wall and slide it with my foot.

Paint Tray with No-Maintenance

Your paint trays don’t need to be cleaned or lined. Pour any extra paint back into the can, then wait for the tray’s paint to completely dry before using it again.


I have paint trays with an accumulation of 1/8″ paint in them. Due to their slight weight and lack of movement when I’m loading the roller, I prefer them over clean trays.

1/3 Painting, 2/3 Preparation

Preparation is typically more time-consuming than painting, but it pays off. The better your finished paint job will look, the more time you spend preparing a space for new paint.


Prior to using a brush or roller, it is wise to wash, repair, sand, and vacuum the walls, ceilings, trim, and doors. Small flaws should be fixed right away since once the paint is applied, they will stand out like a sore thumb.

First Finish the Walls, Then the Ceiling

Examine your ceiling carefully before painting any walls. Paint it first if you think it needs to be updated. You don’t want to paint the walls first and then paint the ceiling a few weeks or years afterward.


A fine paint mist falls from the rolling ceiling onto everything below. Additionally, painting the ceiling first enables you to paint the walls with less care. When you paint the walls, any paint that accidentally gets on them will be covered up. Patrick Morrissey] Before you begin, have a look at these helpful tips for painting a ceiling as well.

Omit Brushing Between Coats when Cleaning

To prevent my brushes from drying out, whenever I stop painting or when the day is over, I dump them into a 5-gallon bucket of fresh water (make sure all the brushes have the same color paint on them).


When I’m ready to resume painting, I rinse the brushes in water and use a paintbrush and roller spinner to remove the excess. To prevent flying water drops from hitting the surrounding walls, spin inside a second empty bucket.

An Egg-Cellent Painting Tip

Whenever I need to paint something small like a picture frame and want to raise it off the table a bit to paint the edges, I break out these handy egg cartons.
Unknown Painting Techniques from Our Skilled Field Editors
I just cut a couple in half and use them to support the frame’s edges. I can reuse them several times or just throw them away when I’m done. — Nancy Luptowski

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