Prep your Paint kit

November 15th, 2014

Homeowners should consider keeping painting supplies together for ease of use on future projects. Keeping items together as a kit will make starting a new project much easier. An empty 5 gallon bucket works well and also works as an additional container to pour paint into.


Paint kits can be purchased or pulled together on your own. When considering a paint kit, keep in mind purchasing extra items such as roller covers and painter’s tape as they are used more frequently. Here are some essential items to include in your paint kit:

  • Plastic Durable Tray
  • Tray Liners (optional)
  • Roller and Roller Covers
  • 1ā€¯-3ā€¯ Trim Brushes
  • Small Paint Pot
  • Paint Edger and Edger Pads
  • Extension Pole
  • 3ā€¯ Roller and covers
  • Stir sticks
  • Can Opener/Closer
  • Paint rags
  • Canvas Drop Cloth
  • Empty 5 Gallon Bucket

How to store leftover paint

October 21st, 2014


The project is finished and looks great! So what to do with that leftover paint? Small amounts of paint can be discarded at your local recycling program. Instead of throwing out larger amounts, you may find it can come in handy on smaller projectsĀ or other unrelated projects. However, you need to store paint properly so that it can be reused in the future. Keep in mind, if you dipped into the original can, removed the lid for long periods of time during painting or leave the paint in below freezing conditions you may run into issues. This can lead to contamination or find the paint will become frozen solid, rendering it unusable down the road. Keep the can closed when not in use and away from areas with below freezing temperature.

Before storing, it is a great time to catalog color name/number, color formula and the location it was used for convenient reference later on. Wipe any excess paint from the can and rim if possible before sealing. Also consider purchasing and using a paint can opener at the start of the project instead of a screwdriver. The screwdriver can bend the lid and will make it harder to reopen later. Using a rubber mallet, firmly tap around the lid to confirm it is sealed. Move the paint containers to a cool, dry location away from sunlight and where the temperature stays constant and well above freezing. However, if space is a concern or you feel that you will never use it again, try donating it to someone who can use it.


Paint mistake solutions: How to avoid brush marks on trim

September 21st, 2014

trim-brushmarksProminent brush marks are usually caused by poor application techniques. Proper preparation and technique is the best way to avoid brush marks. Also try a light sanding between coats using 120 grit sandpaper. Try to purchase no-load sand paper which will help to reduce surface clogging and works best for painted surfaces.

1. Sand the surface thoroughly until it is smooth to the touch.

2 Clean the surface with a tack cloth to remove all the fine dust particles.

3. Apply a primer if needed and allow to dry for several hours or overnight.

4. Apply the topcoat with a paintbrush in long, smooth strokes in one direction. Load the brush with enough paint to allow the brush to smoothly glide down the surface. If you see paint drips and runs this is an indicator you are loading too much paint on the brush. Reload the brush with paint when the brush pulls against the surface instead of gliding. Attempting to paint with a brush that is too dry will leave brush marks.

5. Allow the paint to dry, lightly sand, clean the surface and follow with a second coat.