Wendell T. WebberPainting a room will feel like less of a chore if you're careful about every stage of the process. Here are a few ways to make sure you don't waste time, energy, or paint.
1. Dip it.
Don't dip 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.
2. Clean it.
Clean the rim of the paint can with a screw-driver wrapped in a rag. If you have paint in the groove, you won't be able to seal the top tightly.
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3. Label it.
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.
4. Seal it.
Store cans upside down to create a tight seal around the lid. Be sure to store latex paints where they won't freeze, since they are water-based.
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5. Bag it.
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.