How To Paint In Tight Spots

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Every do-it-yourself painter knows the essential painter’s kit for getting the job done: a brush, a tray, a rig and a roller sleeve. But there may be a few places that these bare bones items can’t quite get too. Let’s call this “A Few Tools You Didn’t Know About”—or, How To Paint Tight Places.

For starters, let’s review: a basic kit contains a pan, a brush (3′ extra firm sash), a roller and generally speaking a 3/8′ nap roller sleeve. And ask for the best roller sleeve you can buy, as the cheap pink ones will leave fuzz all over your surface.

How do you paint behind the stove without disconnecting it?
If you find you need to move gas appliances, be sure to shut off the gas supply and or disconnect before moving. Small, skinny rollers, known as a Long John or a rattail, can be used with caution behind some appliances but extreme care must be taken not to hit or knock any plumbing, electrical or gas connections.

How do you paint the top of a stairwell over a landing?
Telescoping painters poles will help to reach higher areas above stairwells. Also usable with pad applicators, these tools will help with cutting in up high if not able to reach with a ladder. Practicing first with the extended pole is recommended as the application requires more strength to control at a distance.

How do you cut a straight line at the top of a stairwell over a landing?
Get one of those square foam pads and attach it to your new painter’s pole. It will glide along the corner of the wall and cut a bead that that looks good enough at a glance, just like magic.

How do I paint in weird little 1/4′” leftover spaces, like between a switch plate and a door frame?
Buy a few little round and angle brushes for when you need to dial down the scale. Small brushes and detail rollers are useful for all the tiny areas unreachable by typical roller and brush. Remember that smaller applicators hold less material and may require two coats to achieve the same appearance as the rest of the surface.

Lastly, check out your local paint store for specialty tools you didn’t know you needed—they’ve done all the thinking for you.

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