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      Sealing a lid
      How do you minimize the evaporation of paint or varnish that’s kept
      in a store-bought can? With the lid on securely, turn the can upside
      down for just a second or two, then return the can right side-up.
      This coats the entire inside top surface of the can with a thin
      film, therefore, helping to seal the lid.

      Another idea…
      After your next paint job, wipe the paint can’s lip, and lid clean.
      Close the lid tightly and store the can upside down. This old
      painter’s trick keeps the air from entering the can and prevents a
      surface skin from forming on the paint.

      Shelf life
      Many stains, paints, and clear finishes have a limited shelf life.
      It’s a good idea to label a half-empty can with the current date.
      Next time you need to use the finish, you will have a written record
      of how long it’s been sitting on the shelf.

      Use the right Paint
      Interior and exterior paints are specifically manufactured for each
      purpose. Exterior paints are generally adequate for interior use,
      although the reverse is not necessarily, true. Do not use acrylic
      paint over enamel or varnish; it will not adhere.

      Prep Tips
      Use washable paints in kitchens and baths especially.
      Before painting:
      Clean surface, remove mildew with bleach.
      Repair minor cracks with spackling compound.
      Reset nail pops in drywall, then spackle and sand smooth.
      Let surface dry thoroughly.
      Sand woodwork, enameled or varnished surfaces.
      Follow paint manufacturer’s directions.

      Instead of masking windows
      Instead of using masking tape on windows, or worse yet, painting
      them and then using a razor blade to remove the paint on the glass,
      try this:
      Cut newspaper into strips to fit the panes.
      Dip them into water to get them wet
      Stick them to the glass. (because they are wet they will stick)
      After painting just peal them off, they come off with no fuss and no

    • #400170

      Thanks I love the idea about using the wet newspaper instead of masking tape.

    • #400197

      Newspaper tip/ I like that tip too–a lot cheaper then tape and less clean-up.
      I’ll have to remember this one. Thanks

    • #403519

      I have been painting my house (inside) for almost a year now, and I ALWAYS have a issue with “tapping” up things… I always have leaks under the tape and then it pulls off the paint under it.

      anything for that?

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