Old paint often contains dried chips inside the can. While you can buy paint filters to strain them out, a scrap of fiberglass window screen works just as well. Simply drape a piece of screen over the can, and secure it with tape. After filtering the paint, rinse out the screen to use again.

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Joe Truini

Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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