5 Cool Paints and Tools

HGTV Magazine shares the latest trends in paint and gadgets to make DIYs even better.
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Rubberized Dip

Dunk virtually anything—vases, garden tools, canvas tote bags, ceramic bowls—in this coating for an instant hit of color and a playful rubberized texture. If you change your mind, just peel it off. Plasti Dip, from $75 per gallon, dipheadsunite.com for stores

Enamel Paint Markers

These paint pens, which come in glossy and metallic finishes, let you add detail to nearly any surface, from metal trays to glass vases. Testors enamel paint markers, $5 each, testors.com for stores

Graffiti Spray Paint

At only about $6 a can, this Australian spray paint—often used for graffiti art—comes in more than 90 highly pigmented gloss colors, offering serious bang for your buck. Use it to fancy up furniture or smaller items like a frame or a lamp base. Ironlak spray paint, $6 per can, dickblick.com

Easy-Grip Paint Pail

Instead of painting straight from the can—which can contaminate color with dirt, dust, or stray bristles—pros recommend decanting paint into a separate container. This sturdy gizmo holds a quart, and you can buy disposable liners for easy clean-up. Handy paint pail, $10, and plastic liners, $4 for a set of 6, both homedepot.com

Brush Comb

Rinsing a paintbrush gets it only so clean. As a final step, run a brush comb through the bristles—its combo of pointy steel and superfine brass bristles helps dig out any leftover gunk so your brush stays soft and flexible. Wooster painter’s comb, $8, available at paint supply stores