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  • Elizabeth Delacare

    This site has a TON of painting tips! Must go to this site before painting anything. | I've done the hair dryer trick on painters' tape before. Works really well!

  • Wowie Downey

    Good painting tips. I love the hairdryer to remove sticking masking tape, the coat hanger across the top of the can and the pimple pads for cleaning up latex drips!

  • KC Fischer

    This site has a TON of painting tips! Must go to this site before painting anything. Hopefully I'll get to some painting projects soon.

  • Mimi Maui

    This site has a TON of painting tips! Must go to this site before painting anything. Pictured: If masking tape tears as you remove it or pulls off flakes of finish, heat it with a hair dryer. Heat softens the adhesive. Then pull the tape off at a 90-degree angle.

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This site has a TON of painting tips! Must go to this site before painting anything.

Soften adhesive with heat If masking tape tears as you remove it or pulls off flakes of finish, heat it with a hair dryer. Heat softens the...

Use an old cardboard box to make a 'spray booth' to prevent paint overspray when painting inside with spray paint

Coat hanger catches excess paint Cut the bottom section from a stiff wire coat hanger and bend it so each end straddles the rim to fit inside a paint can. Let the wire overlap the sides and tape it to the can to keep it steady when you rub off the excess paint. When the job's finished, remove the wire and wipe it clean to be ready for next time.

Paint all four sides of spindles at once. Finishing spindles is a pain because you have to finish three sides, let them dry and then turn them over and do the unfinished side. But not if you drive long drywall screws into the spindle ends and then rest the screws on two boards or sawhorses. An added bonus is that you can keep your fingers out of the wet finish by holding onto the screws as you paint and turn.