Pro Painting Tip: This $6 Tool Will Save You Hours—Seriously!

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Color transforms a room. Whether you opt for a few minor touch ups or a bold accent wall, a little paint can make a room look brand new. Why does painting often seem such a terrible task? From preparation to painting to tidying up, high-quality paintwork takes a lot of time! Fortunately, there is a helpful hack that will make your next painting project as painless as possible.

What about all the fuss?

Preparing to paint is so time consuming. You’ll need to protect paneling, flooring, furniture, and more from paint dripping and misplaced brushes. This often means moving furniture around and always requires enough cloths and painter’s tape. And when the project is complete, you’ll need to put everything back in order, making sure that no wet paint drips onto the drapery sheets and other protective materials. So far, this seemed like the only way to get a proper paint job. But the secret is out!

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You don’t have to spend countless hours preparing and cleaning surfaces from unwanted drips. All you really need is a drywall knife (or a spatula, or even a wallpaper smoothing tool – basically anything with a long, straight edge and a decent handle).

Drywall knife for cutting paint

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You can skip the taping altogether

Yes, you read that right. You can finally just walk in a room and start painting right away without having to deal with all that painter’s tape that you sometimes spend more time setting up than you actually paint! Instead, all you need is one of the inexpensive tools listed above. When cutting moldings, floors, ceilings and other sensitive areas, hold the edge of the tool with your free hand to protect the surface that will not be painted. Move it along the wall and it works just like the painter’s tape – but better! When you’re done, toss your new brush in your Toolbox so you can use it again.

Skip the shot with a drywall knife

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You will also avoid color bleeding!

Have you ever finished painting a room and excitedly peeled off all of the painter’s tape that you carefully applied, only to find that paint had blown all over your wood paneling? Welcome to the club. Most of the home improvement were there! Second, despite our best efforts, the painter’s tape does not always work as it should. Paint often bleeds a little under the tape and requires significant (and time-consuming!) Touch-ups afterwards. Using this professional painting tip will avoid that frustrating bleeding.

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