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Official Paint Can Opener ? Not a Screwdriver!
While you can pry open paint cans with a screwdriver in a pinch, you're bound to damage the lid and affect the seal of the can when you reclose it. You're much better off ponying up a couple of bucks for a dedicated paint can opener. When the painting day is complete, the bottle opener at the other end of the tool will work on that craft beer.
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Use Painter's Tape ? Not Masking Tape
Painter's tape has a less aggressive adhesive than ordinary masking tape. Since it sticks so well it will tear as your removing it and make the simple job of tape removal much more time consuming. And if don't remove masking tape right away the problem is even worse. Even with painter's tape, it's best to pull the tape free as soon as you're done painting to prevent it from tearing or even lifting off your fresh paint. Properly masking off a room for painting is rarely done well by us amateurs. To learn how to do it right check out how to use masking tape when painting.