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Holiday Gifts for the Do-It-Yourself Painter

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December 2014

Tired of giving the same old holiday presents (scarves, sweaters, or sweets)? If your significant other is among the legions of do-it-yourself painters, why not think outside the box this year and give something to help with his or her painting?

Paint shelves are filled with clever items that make painting easier and more enjoyable, according to Debbie Zimmer, spokesperson for the Paint Quality Institute. Give one or more of the following and you’ll be fondly remembered whenever it’s time to paint:

Happy Painting,
Debbie Zimmer
Debbie Zimmer

Cutting-in tool.. Often, the most time-consuming part of a paint job is cutting-in the corners and edges – but you can help your favorite painter cut that time in half with a cutting-in tool. Spring for one of the most efficient models to help him or her save even more time.

Masking tool. Another way to speed painting around edges and corners is with an automatic masking tape dispenser. Similar to packing tape dispensers, these tools let the painter quickly apply the tape and cut it to the desired length with a quick flick of the wrist.

Aluminum bench. When painting interior walls and ceilings, most do-it-yourselfers use stepladders; but the pros know better. A sturdy aluminum bench is easier to work from, easier to move, and makes for a more stable painting platform. It’s also a handy place to sit down and take a break!

Short-handled paintbrushes. If you’ve ever done any painting, you know what a challenge it can be to use a brush or roller behind a toilet, radiator, heavy furniture, or in any tight area. That’s why the short-handled paintbrush is such a godsend. These mini-brushes make it easy to apply paint in those hard-to-reach spots.

Paintbrush light. Cloudy days and dim light make painting difficult. But a battery-powered paintbrush light – which attaches right to the brush handle – can counter the gloom, and light up dark areas to make painting easier.

Brush comb. Need another stocking stuffer? Why not a brush comb? This handy little item helps stretch the life of those expensive paintbrushes by removing paint residue from the bristles; some models even double as squeegees that remove excess paint from roller covers.

That’s the skinny on shopping ideas for your favorite do-it-yourself painter. Any (or all) of the above items would make his or her holiday season picture perfect!

To learn more about painting tools and equipment, as well as paint and coating products, visit the Paint Quality Institute blog at or the organization’s website at

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