Another Painting Tip

As you know, I’m all about saving time and money.  I’ve done a few posts on painting tools, tips and techniques.  As an entrepreneur, I enjoy watching the TV show Shark Tank (ABC) and they featured a great new product I’d like to share with my readers:

Paint Brush CoverIt’s called The Paint Brush Cover.  Whether you’re a landlord, real estate investor or homeowner in the middle of a painting project, you rarely finish it in one session.  So, what do you do with that brush?  I’ve usually wrapped it tightly in Saran Wrap and it’ll keep for hours or even a couple days if need be.

Well, this product is air tight, made of plastic, and holds almost 100% humidity!  Therefore, it’ll keep that brush moist and ready to use for weeks if necessary!  Truly a time saver!  And it accommodates brushes up to 3″ wide.

I’m going to order one at  And by the way, when you’re totally done with the project, don’t forget to clean your brush the right way.  Paint brushes are expensive … around $10-15 if you get the right brand.  (I recommend Purdy or Wooster.)  I use warm soapy water (or my trusty Krud Kutter) and a stiff wire brush to remove all the paint from the bristles.  Start in the spine, up close to the handle and brush down to the tip of the bristles.  A good brush should last for years if you treat it with love and kindness.  🙂

Happy painting!



Painting Tips!

I could give seminars on painting.  Having been a landlord for over 17 years now, I’ve painted and repainted my rentals, and I’ve learned something new about the process every time.  I try to do things quickly and efficiently, and here are a few things I’d like to pass on to my readers:

  • Buy a high quality brush for trimming out around windows, baseboards and doorways.  My favorite is a Purdy or Wooster angled 2 1/2″ brush.  Trying to save money on a paint brush will result in frustration and a crappy paint job.
  • I NEVER use masking tape to help with the trimming out process.  It takes a lot of time to apply the tape.  If you have a steady hand, skip it!  Not necessary.
  • Buy a lightweight trim cup, so that you don’t have to carry a paint can around with you when you’re trimming out.  You can find a lightweight plastic one at your home improvement store for under $4.
  • For walls, use 3/8″ roller sleeves only on very smooth walls.  If the walls have a few defects in them, or if they’re patterned (like some ceilings) use a thicker sleeve, maybe 1/2″ or even 3/4″.  These will apply more paint and disguise defects.
  • If you’re doing the walls and trim in two different colors, paint the trim first, and let it come over onto the wall about a half inch or so.  Then, you can “cut in” the wall color last, butting it up to the trim color.
  • When you’re trimming out, don’t overload your brush!  If you do, you’ll get a ridge of paint on the edge you’re trimming.
  • When you’re rolling a wall, start in the middle and do floor-to-ceiling strokes (in a “W” pattern) with the roller.  Buy a lightweight aluminum handle that you can adjust/lengthen for higher ceilings.
  • If your paint job is going to last longer than one session, wrap your roller sleeve and paint brush in a plastic bag to save them for later or even overnight.  If the air doesn’t get to them, they’ll stay fresh for the next painting session.  Roller sleeves are very hard to clean when you’re done with the job.  I buy cheap ones — they work well — and throw them out when I’m done with the project.
  • Before recapping the paint can, make sure you run the paint brush around the groove that holds the lid in place.  This will assure a good seal when you recap the can.
  • I’m really picky about my paint brushes, since I buy really good ones.  To clean them well, I use a wire brush and run it down the spines of the brush to get all the paint out.  I also tamp the brush hard on the base of the sink to get the paint out of the inside of the brush.  The cardboard container the brush comes in usually wears out, so when it does, I wrap the damp, clean brush in a paper towel so that it doesn’t lose its shape or have any bristles that go awry.

Hope this has been helpful … and here’s to your next paint job!   🙂