I've been doing some painting over the weekend and thought I'd show you a trick I use and a tip at the end.
The trick which you see above is great if you have things that may stick to your work surface while it dries. In my case I was painting a folding chair frame and to prevent it from sticking to the paper I used to catch any drips I hammered in some small nails. I then proceeded to paint the part of the frame that was now facing up.
Turning the frame over I now had little feet that protected the bits I had just painted and I also didn't have to contort myself to paint the underside as it was already done and I could concentrate on the part that was now facing up.
After the (in this case second coat of) paint has dried I pull the nails out and if needed touch up the tiny holes. Doubt that that will be necessary though.
As you can see here I nailed into the sides of the frame because the frame wouldn't stay put otherwise being a folding one but normally you would nail into the underside of your chair legs or what ever it is you're painting. That way your holes won't be visible at all and you're not doing damage to the finish of your piece.
Hang the brush you're using to paint solvent based paints on the nail or hook and let it hang into a jar of paint thinner. You don't want to rest the brush at the bottom of the jar because it will bend the bristles and also pick up paint residue from there. What you want is to have the brush hanging about an inch from the bottom with the bristles in the thinner but not the handle or the top of the bristles touching the solvent. This allows for the bristles to stay wet and the paint on them will drop to the bottom of the jar.
I use this method in between coats, wiping the brush on some kitchen towels to get most of the thinner out before the next coat.
I'm sure this is not kosher amongst pro painters but I also tend to leave the brush in there after finished projects and if I'm lucky (and not too many months have passed and have remembered to refill the jar a little) I can pick the brush up for a project down the line, simply wiping it well with kitchen towels before reuse. I have yet to manage to clean a brush that I've been using for solvent based paints well enough for reuse so this works for me.
Do you have any painting tips or tricks you'd like to share? I'm all ears!