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Screening Paint

Strain impurities out of your paint before you pick up a brush or roller

Screening Process for Paint
Illustration by Narda Lebo

Don't even think of painting without first straining the paint to remove tiny bits of dust, fuzz, and dirt. You can use disposable cone-shaped filters, which cost about $1 each at paint and hardware stores. A scrap of aluminum window screen works just as well, and lasts longer.

Lay the screen over a clean bucket and press down in the center to create a slight depression. Slowly pour paint from the can through the screen and into the bucket. Stop when the bucket is about half-filled so it's easy to work with. Remove the screen, blot out the excess paint with a rag, then rinse it for future use with water for latex paint or mineral spirits for oil-based paint.

Fiberglass screening also works — just be sure you tape it to the bucket to prevent it from sagging down into the paint.

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Screening Process for Paint

 

Screening Process for Paint

Painting screen
Illustration by Narda Lebo
 
 

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