Many logistical issues can present themselves during a DIY paint project.
Keeping paint rollers wet between coats, unclogging spray can nozzles and storing left over paint correctly are tasks that can become challenges if you don’t have the right know-how.
In this blog we list 12 painting hacks that every DIYer should know.
Each hack presents a handy solution to those pesky, technical problems that can arise while painting.
1. Paint with less mess
All you need to paint with less mess is a bucket!
Place your paint tin inside a bucket and all drips and spills will be contained.
Keep a damp tea towel handy so you can quickly wipe up any rogue paint flecks.
You can use your mop bucket or head to the local hardware store and buy a new bucket for under $10.
2. Keep a paint roller fresh between coats
It takes around 4 hours for a coat of paint to dry and in that time, paint rollers will dry out too.
An easy way to keep rollers fresh between coats, or when there’s any delay to continuing the job, is to use cling wrap.
Cut off a good sized piece of cling wrap and lay it down flat on a hard surface.
Then place the paint roller at one end of the plastic and roll it forward.
The plastic should wrap around the roller.
Another method is to wind the cling wrap manually around the roller.
3. A foolproof method for drying paintbrushes
Paintbrushes and sponges should not be put away until they are fully dry and sometimes that can take awhile.
Cut drying time in half by using a wire rack to dry sponges and paintbrushes.
Place a wire rack over the sink or even over large, deep bucket or container.
Lay items like sponges out flat, stand paint rollers up vertically and if you have S-hooks handy, attach them to the rack and loop through paintbrushes.
You can also use this method for makeup brushes and sponges.