Am I the only one who gets annoyed by the crusty stuff that develops on the paint can after you've used it a few times? And then those nasty, dried pieces start falling into the can and you spend half of your painting time trying to remove chunks of paint after every stroke of the brush? ANNOYING!
I've found a simple, inexpensive way to avoid all of that mess.
Here are two paint cans of ASCP. Can you tell which one is brand new and which one is half empty?
Now can you tell?
Yep! The one on the left has just been opened for the first time! My tried and true Old White (the one on the right) is about half full and was used to paint 2 dressers, dry brushed a mirror, and used some of it to create a wash on a vintage vanity. I still have about a half can left...and look at the lip of the can? NO CRUSTY STUFF. Look at the lid of the can! Clean as a whistle!
Some stockists encourage you to turn a brand new can upside down for about a minute to get all of the good stuff off of the bottom. I've decided, I ain't doin' that! (I'm such a rebel! Ha!) A lot of paint seeps into the rim of the lid, eventually starts to dry out and then the paint becomes littered with little crusty bits.
Instead, I take some slightly damp paper towel and place it into the groove of the can.
I then stir the can really well (just as you would stir stain, or shellac) with a plastic spoon. After the can is sufficiently mixed, I start painting....leaving the moist paper towels in the grooves. Once I've finished painting, I pull up the paper towel, run it around once underneath the lip, and seal her up. The paint can and lid are both clean, and there is no paint left to dry out and become that nasty stuff.
It's not very scientific or glamorous looking, but it sure does work!
Now if someone has a good recommendation for some amazing hand cream, please share! My hands are so chapped this winter! :)
I hope this finds all of you well...Happy Clean Painting!