Who doesn’t like spray paint? It’s quick, it’s easy and it dries really fast.

You can paint almost anything with spray paint — it’s particularly useful for transforming small fasteners, hooks and pieces of hardware that would be difficult to paint any other way.

To make the job even simpler, try this. Get a piece of cardboard and put the fasteners right in it. Poke them through the cardboard and twist them in. Make sure the paint will evenly coat all the parts.

Then hold the cardboard in front of a cardboard box, just to catch any overspray, and then spray the items.

Spray paint’s also great for hardware — hinges, latches, braces and brackets — but you’ll need a bent piece of wire. Just hold the item in front of the box to catch the overspray and spray.

And if you cut the wire long enough, your hand is clear out of the painting zone, so you don’t have to worry about getting paint on you.

To dry, just hang it from a chain overhead.

Watch the video above to see the Simple Solution!

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Joe Truini

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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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