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Painting Tips from The Home Depot

The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5128

When planning your next painting project, remember these top tips from The Home Depot experts:

"Before you paint, wrap masking tape around the roller and then pull it off. This de-lints the roller and ensures that those little hairs, or roller fuzz, do not stick to your walls."
-- Tina Clay from San Diego, California 

"When you remove your light-switch and outlet covers before painting, use painters' tape to tape the screws to the covers so you don't lose them."
-- Melissa McCord from Sherwood, Oregon 

"When you're using latex paint, wet your brushes and rollers and then shake them out so they're damp before you start painting. This prevents them from becoming 'wicks' and sucking up paint.
-- Andy Gordanier from Flemington, New Jersey

Comments (3)

  • Anthony C 4 Jan, 2015

    Thank you for the professional tips. I'm often using my paint rollers to apply second coats of paint for either interior or exterior painting and / or deck staining. When you need to take break for a few hours, days or up to a week, I'd just wrap my paint soaked roller or brush in a plastic airtight bag. There were times when I noticed that I needed some touch up work weeks after my initial painting. Thankfully I found that wrapped roller and brush and guess what? very fresh and ready to go

  • Yurizal Compy 8 Mar, 2014

    Thank you for sharing...

  • milestonec_cc 11 Mar, 2011

    Howdy Martha:
    Of all the tips I read about home painting, I like yours for it tackled little details that are essential in painting. Like Tina, it is really a must to de-lints the rollers so that tiny hairs will not stick to walls, ceiling or wherever area you strike your rollers.
    Keep posting ;)