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Six Handy Hacks for Painting Your Home

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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Iíve just finished painting every room in my house and believe me, it wasnít fun. But during the exercise, I came up with a couple of ideas that helped make the task a little easier.

1. Lining the paint tray with cling-wrap saves a lot of cleaning up.



Line Paint Tray with Cling Wrap
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Use a few layers for a good seal. I tried a plastic bag but there was too much movement. I also tried foil but it tore too easily. Cling-wrap did the trick.

2. Removing power-point surrounds is easier than taping them.



Line Paint Tray with Cling Wrap
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Use a flat-head screwdriver or knife point to prise them off and then snap them back on when your wall is dry. This may be common knowledge but I hadnít thought of it before.



Line Paint Tray with Cling Wrap
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3. Prevent paint build-up on your roller frame.



Line Paint Tray with Cling Wrap
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If paint builds up in the roller frame you will find that the roller cover doesnít fit tightly and will slip during painting. Once again, using a knife, scrape any old dried paint off.

4. Keep a pack of wet-wipes handy.



Cleaning Paint Roller
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Great for slips, drips and messy hands. Wipe and bin.

5. Treat brushes and rollers as you would your hair.



Cleaning Paint Roller
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Yes, you read that right. Combing rollers and brushes as you wash them helps to remove the paint more easily. Then apply a little conditioner to keep them soft in between uses. Rinse the conditioner off and dry the roller or brush before using again.



Cleaning Paint Roller
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6. Hang brushes to dry



Cleaning Paint Roller
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Brushes will dry more quickly and the bristles will stay straight if you hang them. Loop string or a rubber band though the hole in the end of the brush and slip over a tap.

What painting hacks have you discovered?



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