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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.


Vinyl roller trays make cleanup much easier than when painters used only metal trays. Most paints are now acrylic and can be "dry-stripped" from a vinyl roller tray. However, if the paint layer is too thin, it may not strip easily. In this case, fill the tray with the hottest tap water available and leave it to sit for about 5 minutes. Then dump the water and use a paper towel to scrub the paint out of the tray. The hot water will destroy the bond between the paint and the tray and the old paint will easily wipe out.

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