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Brush Advice to Know Before Painting a Room

These three hints can help you prolong your brush’s life and save some wear and tear

  • Dip the bristles no more than the width of two fingers into the paint, then wipe them against the inside of the pail. These steps prevent drips and keep paint from getting in the ferrule—the metal sleeve on the handle—and ruining the brush.
  • When setting a brush down for less than 5 minutes, load it with paint to keep it from drying. For longer breaks, dunk the bristles —only up to the paint line—into a bucket of warm water and swish the brush around until it’s clean. To dry it, spin the handle between your palms inside a deep bucket.
  • Don’t carry around a heavy can. Use a paint pail, and keep it about half full.