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Professional Tips and Tricks

In my 40 years as a house painter and contractor, I've gathered many tips and practices that are now part of my every day routine. Some of these tips simply make my work faster or more efficient. Other tips help produce higher quality results.

I'm certain that homeowners painting their own dwellings will benefit from these suggestions. Less-experienced contractors may also find my suggestions helpful, so over the coming days and weeks I hope to provide this information freely via my Twitter feed.

Why am I sharing this hard-earned experience? It's my belief that generosity of knowledge and practice brings benefits to the giver and the recipient. I hope you'll call on me the next time you require a professional house painter.

You can access previous tips and keep up-to-date by "following" me on Twitter.


Always keep a roll of "painter's plastic" on hand, which is so handy you'll use it every day. These rolls are compact and last a long time.

Use plastic to:
* Wrap your brushes and rollers overnight.
* Cover furniture.
* Cover your roller tray to keep paint from drying while you take a break.
* Construct a "trash bag" with plastic and masking tape.
* Line a paint tray if you don't have a clean one handy.
* Drape curtains or walls to keep paint off of them.

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