11 Little-Known Painting Hacks from Our Expert Field Editors

We asked for real-world painting pointers—and got hundreds of great tips from our Field Editors. Here are 11 of our favorites.

No More Splashy Paint Can Lids

No More Splashy Paint Can Lids

Ever hammer down a paint can lid only to have paint splatter everywhere? You can prevent that by grabbing a 5-in-1 tool and using the pointy end to punch a few holes through the groove of the can’s rim (be sure to rotate the tool left and right a little to widen the holes). The holes allow excess paint to drain back into the can. The lid will cover the holes and make an airtight seal. If you don’t have a 5-in-1 tool handy, you can punch some holes with a hammer and nail. — Larry Gusman

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