Painting Woes? There’s an App for that!

Acting on the theory that a new coat of paint makes anything look better, Better Homes & Gardens has launched a new app for iOS devices that makes your painting skills look like that of a professional.

“How To Paint Anything” ($.99) is a nifty tool that tells you, step-by-step, how to apply paint to any surface you can imagine — door hardware, exterior doors, room divider screens, ceramic tile, and of course, walls and floors.

If you’ve never painted before, the app has information and videos on must-have painting tools, brushes, finishes and the all-important prep.

But even if you’re an old pro at painting, the app supplies handy shopping lists, directions, and bonus tips.

Some of my favorite bonus tips are as follows:

  1. Wait 30 days before painting newly installed brick.
  2. Painting laminate is a good temporary fix, but wear and water will compromise the finish over time.
  3. Because the labor involved in painting a house exterior is so extensive, don’t be tempted to use inexpensive paint.

What’s your favorite painting tip?

Would love to hear any and all thoughts!

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