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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.


Paint brush tip #3: Purchase the largest brush which is practical for the job you're doing. A 2 1/2 inch brush with angle cut bristles is the best all-around brush you can own. (Professional painters call this a "sash tool.") I rarely use any brush other than a 2 1 /2 inch sash tool.

The tendency of beginners is to purchase smaller brushes (for instance, one inch) because they lack confidence and feel that a smaller brush will help them be more careful. In reality, a larger brush is actually easier to control. (Imagine trying to steer your car safely down the road with a tiny one inch steering wheel... then look at the huge steering wheel on a bus which provides much better control.)

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