I recently painted a home’s siding and I learned a few tricks I wanted to share with you.

First, if you paint the house with just a brush, it would take you virtually forever.

I use the brush for just applying paint to the butt edge, the bottom edge, of each piece of siding. And for the broad surfaces, I use a 6-inch foam roller, a two-gallon bucket of paint and a rolling screen. The screen fits right into the bucket and it gives you a place to roll off the excess paint.

Now, when you go to apply the paint you’ll see the six-inch roller is just the right width; it applies the paint beautifully, nice and smooth to the siding.

But the really great thing about using foam instead of a brush is, first, you leave streaks behind and often the bristles will pull free and get stuck in your paint.

So if you use a foam roller, run it on the screen to get off the excess paint to get a perfect professional job every time.

Watch the video above to see Joe’s Simple Solution.

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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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