7 Painting Tricks

Check out these easy, inexpensive solutions to common painting problems.
Bucket of Blue Paint

Bucket of Blue Paint

A paintbrush sits inside a bucket of blue paint.

Trying to get paint to stick to a slick surface and not to your skin? Read on.

1. To avoid getting covered in paint, spray exposed skin with cooking spray. The paint should come right off-without scrubbing. This method is effective with latex or oil-based paints.

2. To neutralize the strong smell of any type of paint, add one tablespoon of vanilla extract (a natural deodorizer) per gallon. It won't affect the color of the paint.

3. To help paint stick to metal surfaces, dampen a sponge with vinegar and rub it over the surface to be painted.

4. To help paint stick to plastic surfaces, rub the surface with a used fabric-softener sheet.

5. To tint white paint, add a packet of powdered drink mix in the desired colored directly to paint.

6. To clean up spilled paint on carpeting, remove as much paint as possible with a paper towel. Cover the spill with a large amount of white flour, which will absorb the paint. Vacuum clean.

7. Clean paint off your hands with solid vegetable shortening. This technique is good for latex or oil-based paints.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Mighty Vinegar: 8 Tricks You've Never Tried

It cleans, it tenderizes, it fights odor — what can't it do?

Paint Glossary: All About Paint, Color and Tools

Learn what type of paint to use, which tools will work best and the basics for picking color schemes.

Back-to-School Stain Removal Tips: How to Get Out Glue, Glitter + More

That custom crayon artwork in the hallway doesn't have to be on permanent display.

Creative Tips and Uses for WD-40

HGTV Magazine asks, "What if your WD-40 could talk?" Well, it would slip you these helpful tips and tidbits.

14 Cleaning Confessions That Prove We All Take the Easy Way Out Sometimes

We're all just human. Dirty, messy, kind-of-gross humans. 

5 Tricks to Make Spring Cleaning Fun

Yes, you read that right. We've got tips to get the whole family motivated to join in on the seasonal cleaning spree.

Follow HGTV's Clean Freak Week + Take Our Clean House Quiz

Could your home pass the white glove test?

What You Should Know About Bleach

HGTV Magazine asked, if your bleach could talk what would it say? Well, it would spill these secrets for successful whitening, brightening, and sanitizing.

5 Tips for Controlling Dust Mites

These bedbugs are a leading cause of allergies and asthma. Here's how to fight back.

Car-Cleaning Tips

12 ways to give your wheels a fresh start.

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.

Watch Live TV

Don't miss your favorite shows. Live stream HGTV now.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.