29 Painting Tool Hacks To Get Your Projects Rolling

No matter if you’re changing the hue or your wall, polishing your jewelry or taking apart a long board using a painter’s tool, these hacks can make your job much simpler.

Quick Drying Hanger

This is a great way for drying and put away brush paint. Utilizing a hand-saw cut a slanted cut off the end of your handle, extending from the hole towards bristles. After cleaning, hang the brush on an coat hanger and hang it on the ceiling joist.

Make Paint Stir Sticks

Have you forgotten to buy stirring sticks in the shop after you bought the paint? If you own an old band saw and 2×4 piece You can create your own! Use a 2×4 that is two feet long and draw a line perpendicular to the middle. Then, you can cut a few 3/16-in.-thick strips using the bandsaw until you reach where the line of pencil. After that, to remove stirring sticks slice 2×4 on an angle to the pencilline.

That’s a Wrap…For Now

This simple trick will help keep your brushes in great condition after every painting job. After thoroughly washing and air drying the brushes I then wrap them in the taped plastic I use to cover my baseboards and shield my flooring.

When folded to the right side from the roll polymer is perfect length to protect and shape bristles of the paintbrush, as the tape adheres to the ferrule made of metal.

Shine On Roller

Recently, I needed to polish brass parts in preparation for an upcoming project. The only thing I had was a polishing disc so searched at the shop to find alternatives. I found many paint roller covers I thought could be useful -but how would I drive them? I discovered that they would fit perfectly on 1 1/2-in. hole saw.

I cut three inches of cover for the roller, put it in the hole saw, and then threw it in my drill presses. It worked perfectly.

Quick Touch-Up Pads

If you need to need to touch up work that isn’t worth scrubbing with your paintbrush, you can try makeup rounds. These soft cotton balls are the same size as the silver dollar, and don’t shed. They can be used to apply dabs of stain paint or oil. They can also be used to repair nail holes.

Instant Roller Savers

If you’re painting work is done, and the day is finished, remove your paint roller out of the frame of your roller and put it in the Lay’s Stax potato chip container. It’s the perfect dimensions for the standard 9-inch roller. Once you’ve got the cover on the roller and closed the lid, you can put it on which means that your wet roll is now sealed and ready to go early in the day. We’d like to thank our reader Kevin Kurucz for this high-rolling discovery.

Paintbrush Turned Push Stick

When the paint brushes are worn out I take off the ferrule made of metal using needle-nose plier and some force. I prefer the handle made of wood or composite for a push-table saw stick. Since I frequently lose or misplacing my push stick I thought it’s better to have more than smaller quantities of these useful tools.

I utilize a square to measure and mark the angle I’m planning in order to make a cut on the paintbrush. After that, I cut two times using my bandsaw, creating an angled notch on the handle’s bottom.

Empty Jug Paint Carrier

For painting small tasks, I have found that the four-inch paint roller is great for an old gallon-sized tea jug that is iced to serve as a reusable roller tray. I cut a small piece of the plastic and created an area to put the roller into. It even comes with a carrying handle. After I’m done I toss the jug in the garbage.

Paint Can Opener on Hand

Always keep a paint bottle opener in your bag when you’re ready to begin an art project. Utilize tools like pliers and a multitool to gently make a bend in the opening on the opening. Attach it to the handles of the paint container you’ve just bought.

Remove the Fuzz

Some tools require cleaning when they’re brand new. Certain new covers for rollers (usually the ones that cost less) contain a layer of fuzz that separates from their cover. When you first start loading with the Fuzzy roller the paint blends with the fuzz and forms small bumps that appear on the wall.

Another method of removing the fuzz is by wrapping masking tape around the cover of the roller. When you take the tape away the excess fuzz will be removed with it.

Thinner Extender

Make sure you prolong the life that you get from your paint thinner with this brush-cleaning method.

Drill 3/16-in. holes into the bottom of a tuna can. Put the tuna can inside the container with the bottom facing upwards and put in paint thinner. Get your toothbrush clean rubbing its bristles along the holes in the can of tuna. The particles will settle at in the base of the can leaving a clean solution to use your next visit.

Portable Roller Stand

Ripping a longboard on the small, handheld tablesaw could be risky without additional support. When you’re not equipped with a person to manage the board, you can clamp an unattached paint roller to a sawhorse for an interim stand for the roller. (Tighten the clamp tightly to ensure that it doesn’t slip.) While moving around the area of work move the sawhorse (adjust the height of the roller, depending on the need). You’ll have the assistance to cut long boards.

Shoe Box Painting Kit

If you have a small painting job which requires a small roller, I make use of a top of a shoebox as my tray for paint! It’s lightweight , and I can carry it with one hand while I roll. Additionally, it’s strong enough to hold paint! After I’m finished, I simply throw it away. There’s no mess to wash up.

We took Steve’s helpful suggestion a step further and make a kit for touch-ups using shoe boxes. Inside it is possible to keep an unassuming roller, a roller cover, gloves, paintbrush as well as a paint can opener stir stick and other things that you’ll require for quick touch-ups. When you are ready to use the lid of the shoe box to serve as a tray for your rollers like Steve suggests, cover the lid using Saran Wrap so you can reuse it again and again to time.

Tomato Cage Drying Rack

A tomato cage that is inverted makes an excellent drying rack to dry rollers pads, brushes or rags and anything else that is wet from painting cleanup. The paint dries quickly outside and has enough space for all kinds of things!

Easy-Clean Finishing

Use brushes instead for varnishing lots of thin or huge flat surfaces like cabinets and tabletops. Make use of a four-inch roller and a nonstickbaking sheet with a lipped, nonstick coating.

Add varnish to the tray . Use it as a tray to roll paint. Continue adding varnish as you require it However, you should think about how you can have an empty tray. Once you’re finished, discard the roller sleeve , and allow the dry varnish to get dry inside the pot. After it has dried, you can remove the varnish film straight out from the pan. Thank you for the tip Aaron McKeever for this tip.

C-Clamp Paint Can Handle

Use a C-clamp for an alternative handle to the size of a quart paint container. “Yes there’s a chance that it will have some paint on it, but do you really care? It doesn’t to me!”

Self-Cleaning Brushes

Simply hang the brush inside a jar filled with solvents: liquid for painting with latex along with mineral spirits and paint thinners for oil-based. Utilizing a clamp, hang the brush inside the jar, with bristles completely submerged to the ferrule, however it is not touching the base of the container. The finish will fall off the bristles, and then settle in the floor of the container.

In the event that you’re using paint thinners and mineral spirits place the jar outside so that you ensure that fumes don’t enter your home. Keep it kept away from pets and children. After a few days clean the brush and make sure to rinse it thoroughly in a clear solvent.

Roller Reach Stick

Unloading as well as loading your vehicle is time-consuming and exhausting, particularly if you must climb in and out of your bed numerous times. There’s a solution for this Make use of an extension pole equipped with an attachment for a paint roller that allows you to push or pull items using your feet planted on the ground. This tool occupies a small area, which means you can put it in your vehicle in all times. It’ll help you save time, and will also spare your back! — Terry Crawford.

Any head of a roller can be used to be used with this tool, as long as it’s big enough to be able to hang around objects that you carry to from the rear of your vehicle. The addition of a cover for the roller makes the tool more comfortable to pull and push objects aren’t a good idea to scratch.

Less-Mess Paint Can Lids

It’s not a fact it’s true that the painting tasks can be messy, particularly when you pour paint out of the container into smaller containers roller tray, then sealing the lid. There’s a way to stop the paint from splashing everywhere when you shut the lid of the paint container by covering it with a cloth or a paper towel. The paper towel will catch the paint splatters and not your clothes!

To ensure that you don’t scratch the lid and rim of the paint container when you close it with a mallet or hammer to avoid damaging the lid, place a block of wood which is about the same size as the size of the paint container on the rag. Hammer the block’s center. The block should be rotated several times, hitting into the center of the block each time until the lid is sealed.

Touch-Up Bottle

If there’s just a tiny piece of latex remaining in the container and I’d like to use it to use for finishing touches then I put half-a-dozen marbles inside an empty bottle of water and pour in the rest of the paint. When I’m ready to make an update I shake my bottle until the marbles combine the paint. Tape and an apron draped over it will help keep the bottle in place as it’s pouring the color in it. Make sure you utilize a funnel or else you’ll get an obscene mess on your hands.

Tape Containers for Furniture Glides

Do you not have any furniture glides available for when you have to move heavy furniture on your own? Take a look at your paints and utilize the base of an FrogTape container to place it under each of the legs on your furniture item. Then, it will slide effortlessly through the floors.

Wet Paintbrush Storage

There’s a different way to keep your brush fresh during breaks in the middle of painting. Cut off the corner of the plastic bag with a zipper. You can then place your paintbrush into the bag, putting the handle first then zip it shut. The paintbrush won’t dry as well as the mess that’s left remain in the bag.

Painting Tool Storage Station

Organise all your brushes frames for rollers, scrapers paint cans and rags by using this shelf constructed from two 1×8 boards that are screwed together and strengthened with steel shelf brackets ($1).

We designed ours to be 38 inches long , which is enough to accommodate three brackets with sliding spring grips ($4 each at a local center) which we hung beneath the shelf for tools storage. Install this shelf to a basement or shop wall. You’ll be thankful to our reader Steve Sampson for enforcing orderly storage of all your scattered painting tools.

Egg Carton Painting Props

You can keep some empty egg cartons alongside the rest of your paint supplies. They’re ideal to lift a small piece of work off the work surface and making the task easier for you to paint the nooks and crannies at the bottom of the work.

Preserve a Brush With a Glove

I prefer to use disposable gloves made of nitrile when I paint. They are not just useful for keeping my hands clean, but they help keep the bristles from drying when I stop for breaks. I simply grasp bristles using my gloved hand , and then put the glove on the bristles that are wet. A knot around the handle keeps air out.

A Push Broom Handle Reaches New Heights

It’s possible to spend between $10 and 70 dollars on an extension pole that can be used to roll paint up high. If you don’t care about adjustability or you’re looking to save a few dollars consider using a push button broom. They’ll fit well on the paint roller.

Trim Off Ragged Roller Edges

These ragged edges and small pieces made of dry paint that are on the surface of your roller might seem harmless, but they’ll create ugly marks on your painting. Remove them leaving a slight tapered edge. Then your roller will look as good as new.

Use Takeout Chopsticks to Stir Finishes

Use any leftover chopsticks you receive from your takeaway as they can be perfect stirrers for small bottles of stain, paint varnish, etc. You can also purchase disposable chopsticks so that you have on hand for use to your workshop.

Brush Bristle Saver

Without a way to hold them down the bristles of a paintbrush will become curled or splayed when they dry. The most effective way for them to be stored is to put them in the cardboard wrappers they were packaged in. These aren’t just for packaging, they retain its shape when the brush is dried after cleaning. If you’ve thrown away the brush wrappers out make use of an elastic band and paper instead.