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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 #2: A high quality paint brush is the second-to-most-important painting tool you will buy, so don't scrimp on the price. The brush bristles should be fairly firm and offer resistance when you stroke it against the palm of your hand. You do not want overly soft bristles.

If you use a soft brush with a heavy-bodied paint, you may have a lot of problems getting the paint to spread correctly.


* A painter was trimming the top of the wall (near the ceiling) with Benjamin Moore Aura® paint. He was using a Purdy Dale® brush, which is an excellent brush, but very soft. Later, he returned to roll the wall, and noticed that there were numerous sags in the cut along the ceilling. The painter then switched to a Nour Tradition® brush (not as good quality a brush, but stiffer), and had no more problems with paint sags.

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