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Loading the Paint Brush

Nope, I'm not kidding. There is a right way to load paint onto the brush. You can either use paint from the paint can or pour some paint into a painting pail. A couple of neat ways to carry paint with you as you paint using a brush are with these two products:
  • Paint Can Handle: For carrying a paint can around, the Canclaw hooks onto the can and provides a balanced handle.
  • Paint Pail: If you want to pour off paint into a paint pail, the most comfortable paint pail I've ever used is made by Bercom International and is called the Handy Paint Pail (also has disposable liners).
Whichever way you decide to carry the paint around, here's the way you properly load a paint brush.
  • Dip the brush directly into the paint up to 1/3 of the length of the bristles. This stops the brush from being overloaded with paint and prevents dripping.
  • Tap both sides of the brush lightly against the side of the can or pail. This loads the paint more on the interior of the brush.
  • Do not scrape the paint off the brush by dragging across the edge of the bucket. That just removes the paint and makes the brush ineffective.

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