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I use a lot of edger pads for wall/ ceiling areas and wall corners. I think we can all agree that the majority of edging time is spent applying paint to the pad with a brush. (Atleast for those of us that use the edger pads, I know the pros are experienced enough to cut in with a brush)
After spending two hours painting the pad edging a bathroom, I had what I thought was an ah ha moment. I put the paint in a squeeze condiment bottle and applied the paint to the pad in a controlled fashion using the squeeze bottle. It worked great and I figured I saved 2/3 rds of the time.
Just thought I would pass this along.
Anyone else find a better away to apply the paint to the pads?
 

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A 4 inch Whizz roller does the same thing and a bit faster. I could never get the pads to work. If you hit anything on the wall that's sharp, it slices into the pad and then creates paint streaks.
 

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In my case, I'm always repainting apartment walls the same colour.

So, what I do is simply hold a piece of sheet metal in the corner to protect the surface I don't want to get any paint on. I wrap the business edge of that sheet metal with painter's masking tape so that it doesn't mark the wall or ceiling, and when that painter's masking tape gets all mucked up with partially dried paint, I simply replace the painter's masking tape with new tape. Doing that makes things go much faster, and since the new paint is the same colour as the old paint, I don't have to be careful doing my edging. That's one benefit of always repainting walls and ceilings the same colour.
 

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Why not just dip it in your roller pan enough to get paint on it not enough to get paint on the little wheels?

Nester why not a 12" paint edger tool? Keep a wet rag handy when it gets a build-up just wipe it off. Tried to copy and paste one on here didn't work for some reason.
 

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Nester why not a 12" paint edger tool? Keep a wet rag handy when it gets a build-up just wipe it off. Tried to copy and paste one on here didn't work for some reason.
Well, the paint edger tools I've seen at paint and hardware stores here in Winnipeg just don't work as well as a piece of sheet metal. I have made several painting "guides" using sheet metal and small handles that I can fit my fingers under, and those work well.

Cleaning partially dried paint off the paint edging guide with a wet rag takes too much time. The way I do it now, I just peel the tape off the edging guide and put new tape on within 1 or 2 minutes. Cleaning off that partially dried paint would be a messy job. Easier to just replace the tape.
 

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Why not just dip it in your roller pan enough to get paint on it not enough to get paint on the little wheels?

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I tried dipping for the corners. Can get a little messy and takes longer moving to the tray to dip. I used the bottle because you can keep moving. Don't have to stop to dip, and wipe of excess if you dip a little too much. Just squeeze a little paint on the pad from the bottle and keep moving. I just thought it was a time saver for the DIYers. The pros, as we can see from above, are skilled enough to cut in, or have dedicated edging gadgets that they made
 

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This is what I meant also comes in 24".
 

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This is what I meant also comes in 24". This also works well painting baseboard when there is carpet. Slide it under carpet then paint just remember each time you pull it out you need to wipe the paint off with a damp rag. It's thin along the edge so it slides under pretty easy.
 

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pad edgers? I used to sell tons of them when I was in a diy store. I didn't think they worked all that well but some people swore by them. No painters though. But I can see how using the squirt bottle would make it a little less messy. If you get paint on anything other then the pad itself they can be a pain to use. Being able to control where the paint gets loaded onto the pad would help significantly. It's just a little slow for pros to use.
 

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Squeeze bottle, not squirt bottle. I gave it a test the other night. No mess. I made an S type pattern on the pad starting about 1/8" from the top and there was no mess, and no blow out on the sides, that occurs when dipping.
 

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Squeeze bottle, not squirt bottle. I gave it a test the other night. No mess. I made an S type pattern on the pad starting about 1/8" from the top and there was no mess, and no blow out on the sides, that occurs when dipping.
Sounds like a good idea. As long as you are getting enough paint on the wall! That can be a problem with the pad edgers also.
 

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This is what I meant also comes in 24". This also works well painting baseboard when there is carpet. Slide it under carpet then paint just remember each time you pull it out you need to wipe the paint off with a damp rag. It's thin along the edge so it slides under pretty easy.
Yes, I took a look at that paint shield. I had a 24" one just like it, but I found that my own edging guildes were better. The ones I made for myself were about 18 inches long by 6 inches wide and made out of about 16 gauge sheet metal. I riveted a small handled onto them that was just big enough to fit 4 fingers under the handle, and I found that design much easier to use. Thanks for your suggestion, anyhow.
 
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