Image via Wikipedia Cooking oil or baby oil is a better way to remove paint because it will not burn the skin For easy removal, rub Vaseline on exposed skin. Before painting, give fingernails a good coating of bar soap for the fastest wash-up ever.
Image via Wikipedia The best strainer of all is an old nylon stocking. An old egg beater is excellent for stirring paint. Cut a circle from an old screen slightly smaller than the can lid. As the screen settles, it will carry all lumps to the bottom.
Image via Wikipedia Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract per quart of paint. Place a large pan of water which contains a tablespoon of ammonia in the freshly painted room. Leave overnight. Or, place a large cut onion into a big pan of cold water. Paint odors will sponge into the onion within a very short time.
Image via Wikipedia When working on a paint job which takes a couple of days, save time by thoroughly wrapping brushes in several layers of foil and freezing (stick them right into the freezer compartment of your refrigerator). Let brushes defrost an hour or more before returning to the job. Put a large plastic bag over your roller […]
Image via Wikipedia A new paint brush will last longer and be much easier to clean if it soaks in a can of linseed oil for 12 hours before it is ever used. To soften hard paint on brushes, soak in hot vinegar. Follow with a wash in warm, sudsy water. After washing brushes and rollers, use a […]
Image via Wikipedia To prevent scum forming on leftover paint, place a disc of aluminum foil directly on the paint surface. To make the disc the correct size, set the can on the foil and cut around it. Keep oil base paint fresh by adding 4 tablespoons of mineral spirits only to the top layer of the paint. […]
Image via Wikipedia When painting the ceiling, you can prevent drops from landing on your head by simply sticking the paint brush through the middle of a paper plate and securing with Scotch tape. Before painting a chair or table, place jar lids under each leg to catch paint drips. To prevent drips of paint from falling on your […]
Image via Wikipedia If the paint spatters on windows use nail polish remover. Allow to soak for a few minutes then rub off with a cloth and wash with warm suds. The paint will usually disappear, no matter how long it has been there. Soften old stains with turpentine and scrape off with a razor […]
Image via Wikipedia To eliminate window scraping try these tips: Dampen strips of newspaper or any other straight-edged paper with warm water. Spread strips around each window pane, making sure that the paper fits tightly into corners and edges. The paper will cling until you have finished with the paint job. Rub a bar of softened soap around the window […]