Painting Problems Painting Problems

If in doubt about anything, just ask. Every project poses some unique problems.

Masking Tape on Glass: Don't do it. Chances are you won't get it off. Go ahead and get paint on the glass, and take it off later with a single-sided razor.

Closing a Paint Can: Get the excess paint out of the rim first. Some people punch small nail holes in the rim so the paint drains back into the can. The more paint you have there, the greater the amount that'll go flying out when you pound the lid back on. (And paint in the rim also makes removing the lid more difficult later.) Pressing it with your palm is usually all you'll need to do; definitely cover it with a rag if you're going to pound it shut.

Tape Screws to Hardware: You won't lose the screws for your wall plates, and any other fixtures you remove, if you keep them together.

For Heat Registers and Grills: A small-size flexible foam paint pad comes in handy to reach the crannies. Aerosol spray painting works well on them, too - when they're not blowing air at you, of course.

Don't Overbrush Enamel: It will harden full of ridges. Apply generously with light strokes and avoid brushing over it again once it's on. Don't procrastinate on finishing. For strong adhesion between coats, don't let more than two weeks go by between applications.

Old Newspapers vs. Drop Cloths: If using newspapers was any good, there wouldn't be such a thing as drop cloths.

Use Roller Sleeves One Time Only: They're inexpensive. And they're ineffective once they start disintegrating, which is likely to happen if you try washing them. Make sure you've got plenty around if you're going to be doing the work piecemeal over a number of days.

Be Firm With Your Four-Footed Friends: Careful, or your Siamese cat will become a calico and your baseboard will have a beard. As much as you love having your little sweeties around, and well-behaved as they might be, a room with paint trays and wet walls is no place for animals. So make sure they're secured in another part of the house while you're working, or that wagging tail might hit the wall and become a hapless paintbrush. In homes with small children the same advice holds true (but if you have small children you already know that).

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