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Want to unleash your inner DaVinci and paint upside down? Paint2It is an anti-gravity paint tray that takes the mess and stress out of painting. The tray’s unique bristle-fiber fabric holds onto paint and it stays put—even when you turn the tray upside down. No drips, no spills. Hold the high-quality disc in your hand like a palette that’s easy to bring around the room and up (and down) a ladder. Commercial painter Ben Mayberry was always thinking about how he could decrease waste (of paint, time, and money) while increasing quality. In 2004, he created the first prototype of Paint2It, and has been improving it ever since. Paint2It removes the need to carry a paint can everywhere—it holds 12 ounces of latex paint, and can even hold different colors without them mixing together. Paint loads onto brushes and rollers quickly and evenly, eliminating the need to wipe paint off. It goes on the wall, not on the floor. Drop cloths and prep work are kept to a minimum. Plus, Paint2It is easy to clean with the included squeegee, which takes the paint out of the fibers so you can put it back in the can. Your home projects will be more like works of art, with a lot less time and hassle.

Paint2It

Anti-Gravity Paint Tray

Brush with Greatness

Want to unleash your inner DaVinci and paint upside down? Paint2It is an anti-gravity paint tray that takes the mess and stress out of painting. The tray’s unique bristle-fiber fabric holds onto paint and it stays put—even when you turn the tray upside down. No drips, no spills. Hold the high-quality disc in your hand like a palette that’s easy to bring around the room and up (and down) a ladder. Commercial painter Ben Mayberry was always thinking about how he could decrease waste (of paint, time, and money) while increasing quality. In 2004, he created the first prototype of Paint2It, and has been improving it ever since. Paint2It removes the need to carry a paint can everywhere—it holds 12 ounces of latex paint, and can even hold different colors without them mixing together. Paint loads onto brushes and rollers quickly and evenly, eliminating the need to wipe paint off. It goes on the wall, not on the floor. Drop cloths and prep work are kept to a minimum. Plus, Paint2It is easy to clean with the included squeegee, which takes the paint out of the fibers so you can put it back in the can. Your home projects will be more like works of art, with a lot less time and hassle.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • ben
    ben

    Hello Grommet Community! We are thrilled to be launching Paint2It, the anti-gravity paint tool, to you today and we are happy to answer any questions you have. I answered a few from Mike already below.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/9/2015 2:54 PM

    You have saved home renovation projects nationwide. What gave you the idea for Paint Handy?

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/9/2015 2:57 PM

    I’m a professional painter and for a while I was conducting projects the way anyone was— by covering every square inch of the floor to protect from potential disasters. I ran out of paint one particular day way high up while painting a soffit and had already cleaned up the area of my gear. I had to figure out a way to get back up without spilling anything and finishing the job with cars now in the driveway below.

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/9/2015 2:57 PM

    I was looking for something that could hold a small amount of paint that I could take up the ladder and all I had was a small piece of bristle type fabric in my truck. So after loading it with paint I went up and painted the spot without any trouble then thought, what if there was an entire tray made of this material? It’s easy to carry, you can focus on your safety while on a ladder rather than any paint spilling, it gave the perfect amount of paint to the brush and didn’t drip paint after loading paint onto the brush. Instead, it pushed paint between every bristle and it made the difficult task of painting much easier. It revolutionizes the way people paint.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/9/2015 2:58 PM

    How did you bring this product to life?

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/9/2015 2:58 PM

    After I grabbed the microfiber-esque fabric from my truck, which is now our liner, I was amazed at how much it held, how it didn’t spill, and how easy it was to do a job with it. I couldn’t get it out of my head on my drive home and as I was walking through my garage I saw an upside-down Frisbee and thought it would be the perfect tray. I got more fabric, put it into the Frisbee, and that was my first prototype. Within days of using it I added the fabric border around the sidewall and a strap to hold it securely to my hand. Then I kept it a secret for about five years, but the whole time I knew I truly had something amazing. I had a CAD guy over to my house to draw my desired prototype and right before my eyes a 3D image came to life. I brought it to a 3D printer and out came an official Paint Handy prototype.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/9/2015 2:59 PM

    Were there any specific challenges you faced during that process?

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/9/2015 2:59 PM

    Well I had this great concept, the first anti-gravity paint tray. But the challenge for me was figuring out how to make a business out of it. Where do I get started? I didn’t have a business plan and wasn’t sure how to create one. I needed to think of packaging and marketing materials, which was new to me. That’s really why the development took so long. I needed to develop the business behind it and showcase all of the benefits of Paint Handy, something I was unfamiliar with at first. I never envisioned it turning into what it is today.

  • Elaine
    Elaine
    6/11/2015 6:05 PM

    @ben Well, I hope you make a lot of money on this, because this is one of the cleverest ideas to come along on Grommet. I've used this micro fabric in a couple of ways...on a pallet to clean the water base ink off of rubber stamps and on painting pads...especially the corner ones and I love the stuff. Since I'm older now, this pad is going to be my saving grace for those paint projects requiring holding a tray. Just right. I'm thinking it would be a great device for a brush cleaner for a decorative painting class, too. Just add water and sit it in the middle of the table (hopefully round) Thank you for making our painting lives a little more easy!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/12/2015 9:46 AM

    Glad to hear it, Elaine! We hope you enjoy!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/9/2015 3:00 PM

    Why is this something people should have in their homes?

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/9/2015 3:00 PM

    Because if you love to paint you will paint more and if you hate to paint, at least now you will almost love it! With Paint Handy, touch-ups are very simple, you don’t need to uproot an entire room out of fear of spilling paint, and you can save money by not paying someone to do it.

    Everybody has to paint at some point in time. That’s the truth. And whenever you paint you need to go out and get all of the materials. And once they’re done, most people see these materials as useless. They just end up throwing them away. Paint Handy will become a favorite tool that is highly valued.

  • Ann
    Ann
    6/11/2015 12:26 PM

    @ben Hi Ben, Can you tell me how many liners come with the initial order, how many liners come with the refill kit and are the liners washable or reusable?

  • Rachel
    Rachel
    6/11/2015 1:17 PM

    @Ann

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/11/2015 1:29 PM

    Hi Ann, an initial order comes with one liner, two liners come with the refill kit, and yes, the liners are washable and reusable. You'll see below that Ben used his first one for years!

  • Patricia
    Patricia
    6/11/2015 12:15 PM

    Can this be used with a roller or just a brush?

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 12:17 PM

    @Patricia Great Question. Yes it works great with a 2" to 6' mini roller!

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 12:33 PM

    The biggest slow down areas in painting are the cut-in work. Paint Handy makes it a breeze to do cut in. Whether you are cutting in with a brush or cutting in using a shield and mini roller. Paint Handy can also be used stationary by setting it on the ground or strapping it to the top of a ladder with a heavier load of paint in it. I use mini-rollers with it a lot. Because the Paint Handy does not get paint on the end cap of the roller nap or onto the rod guide, paint does not drip off of these two point when your are returning the tool to the painted surface after reloading. Your tool becomes drip free as a extra bonus when using Paint Handy with a brush or a roller. Dripping from the tool can be a big frustration when painting.

  • Linda
    Linda
    6/11/2015 1:56 PM

    @ben Do you have plans for a bigger one to accommodate a full size roller?

  • Lucy
    Lucy
    6/11/2015 12:38 PM

    This is just about the best gadget yet! I can't wait to need to paint something. Really! Absolutely great idea.

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 12:44 PM

    Thank you Lucy! Every time I use Paint Handy I'm like a giddy little kid! It really does change the painting experience!

  • Libby
    Libby
    6/11/2015 12:41 PM

    How often do you need to replace the liners? The video shows them being easy to wash.

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 12:50 PM

    I used my first prototype for years. I just squeegee out all the excess paint and flow water into the center of the liner. I then use a old fashion dish rag and start with small circles in the middle and go larger until I reach the outer edge which displaces the water and paint from the tray liner more quickly. I leave the liner in the base when I'm rinsing because it offers more stability in the cleaning process.

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 1:08 PM

    Also Libby, often people find themselves painting with 3 separate colors, walls, ceilings and trim. And all require paint cut in. Having 3 colors in three separate trays is very efficient because each tray can be stored between color usage in commercially available 2 to 2.5 gallon resealable freezer bags!

  • Lauretta
    Lauretta
    6/11/2015 1:13 PM

    Thank you, Ben! I love you! Lynn

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 1:23 PM

    Wow! Thank you Lauretta!!

  • Patricio
    Patricio
    6/11/2015 1:31 PM

    Hello Ben. Your product is amazing!!!!!

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 3:09 PM

    Thanks Patricio!

  • MJ
    MJ
    6/11/2015 1:35 PM

    I'm intrigued by this product, as I am about to paint the interior of my house, however I have a lot of walls to paint. Does this work with full-size rollers? I assume this does not replace the standard rolling tray for painting walls?

  • Linda
    Linda
    6/11/2015 1:57 PM

    @MJ @ben I'd like to know this also.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/11/2015 2:07 PM

    Hi Linda and MJ, Ben can correct me if I'm wrong, but the Paint Handy currently fits a full-size roller so you are good to go!

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 2:08 PM

    Thank You for your question MJ. Paint Handy is primarily useful in all of the most frustrating areas found in the painting process especially like cutting in. However because I am able to load a roller so quickly with Paint Handy and drip free I find myself running full size walls often with my 6.5 inch mini roller using a heavy nap. I set my Paint Handy down and let it bump up against the base board with a full load of paint in the liner and use an excessive heavier load to fill only one half of the liner. This allows me to pull paint from the heavy loaded side when I need an anti drip reload. This method works great for painting larger surface areas. By simply filling the Paint Handy with a heavy quantity of paint and then depressing your 6 inch roller onto the surface you can push the excess load of paint to one half of the Paint Handy liner surface. This will allow you to use the lesser filled surface as your rollers runway and allow you to put on the perfect amount of paint with every reload. I often will use a roller extension pole that screws into the bottom of my mini roller to do wall to ceiling runs using one roll up and one roll down then quickly reloading again. I find I prefer the mini rollers because they are easier to depress to the wall and unload paint. The reason for this is the surface of the roller is smaller and the surface tension is more direct to the wall allowing more pressure with less effort and of course less weight. I hope this is helpful.

  • Bob
    Bob
    6/11/2015 1:38 PM

    Looks interesting especially with some painting projects on my to do list. Is there a clean trick to pouring the paint into the paint handy?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/11/2015 2:08 PM

    Hi Bob, I don't think so. You just have to pour it in!

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 2:32 PM

    Yes Bob there is! I have some really innovative ways. But one of the best aids for pouring paint period is the use of a rubber replacement lid by Sur-line. It offers a pop up snorkel and a air release for quick easy pouring and is found about any where you buy paint. Other wise you can pour paint the old fashioned way directly from the can and just pour an 8 inch pancake of paint into the liner, then use a roller or a brush to bend it into the liner surface. If you want it to be antigravity and spill free that is! Or, you can do the... "Don't do this at home trick" and put the Paint Handy over the top of a open gallon of paint with one hand on the Paint Handy and the other hand under the gallon and press firmly to the back and bottom of each and flip it upside-down and back right side up again! Take the Paint Handy off and you have a perfect pancake of paint on the Paint Handy liner surface and no paint in the top of the paint can trough. But this is maybe a little too acrobatic for some people so you might just want to stick to basics and pour it.

  • Doris
    Doris
    6/11/2015 3:05 PM

    How long does the paint stay wet in the paint try?

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 3:24 PM

    Hi Doris! When you are working your paint it's gone well before it is able to dry out. If you are not working your paint simply put your Paint Handy into a resalable freezer bag and seal it off or any plastic grocery bag and give it a quick twist. We have tested paint in the resealable bag that's kept indoors for weeks at a time and paint remains fresh. For a quick capping off of your paint to prevent premature dry out you can also turn it upside down on a washable or disposable surface without losing any paint for a good period of time as long as the liner is loaded to anti gravity levels.

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 3:36 PM

    NOTE: I also want to add that if you ever have had a bucket of paint or tray that develops a thin dry paint layer over the top of the paint before, there's nothing you can do but drag this thin layer off to the side and get it out. Interestingly enough with Paint Handy because of the texture resistance on the bottom of the bristle base this same thin layer of paint is quickly emulsified back into useable paint with a quick stir with a brush or roll with the roller over the Paint Handy liners surface. No need to dig your fingers into the paint!

  • Fran
    Fran
    6/11/2015 3:30 PM

    Perfect timing! My husband and I are remodeling an old farmhouse and just installed and mudded dry wall. Now it's ready for priming and painting. Can't wait to give these a try!

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 3:40 PM

    Great Fran! Just run a couple quick coats of paint over the mudded areas first and you should end up with a nice painted evenly coated wall surface.

  • Fran
    Fran
    6/11/2015 3:48 PM

    @ben Great! Thanks for the tip, Ben!

  • christopher
    christopher
    6/11/2015 4:28 PM

    fantastic tool for cutting in! as for cleanup, is this exclusively for "water based paint" only? and can you expand on the cleaning/durability of how long one insert will last realistically? again, congrats on an ingenious product!!

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 5:06 PM

    Yes Christopher water based paints only because of the solvent based clean up from oil base paints would more rapidly deteriorate the glue that holds our bristle fabric to our liner. Once you extract any excess paint from the liner back into your can you are ready to rinse. Once the water runs clear shake or squeegee excess water out and dry. Once dry either by towel drying or air drying you can run a second color in the liner. Longevity is reliant on care just no different than taking care of a good brush. But the bristles are very durable even when a Scotch-brite type pad is used for loosening dried paint. Hope this is helpful information to you.

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 5:09 PM

    NOTE: The key to quick clean up is thoroughly squeegeeing the paint from the liner before rinsing. Use firm pressure on the squeegee when recovering excess paint from the tray back into your paint can.

  • christopher
    christopher
    6/11/2015 5:39 PM

    @ben thanks, I'm completely sold on this product, (I did go to your site), and again, congrats on one of the most ingenious "grommets" I've ever seen. my order is happening as you read this! thanks to the grommet team as well! (Mike!)

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/12/2015 9:44 AM

    No problem, Christopher! Glad to hear you're a fan!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

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Anti-Gravity Paint Tray

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Want to unleash your inner DaVinci and paint upside down? Paint2It is an anti-gravity paint tray that takes the mess and stress out of painting.

The tray’s unique bristle-fiber fabric holds onto paint and it stays put—even when you turn the tray upside down. No drips, no spills. Hold the high-quality disc in your hand like a
palette that’s easy to bring around the room and up (and down) a ladder.

Commercial painter Ben Mayberry was always thinking about how he could decrease waste (of paint, time, and money) while increasing quality. In 2004, he created the first prototype of Paint2It, and has been improving it ever since.

Paint2It removes the need to carry a paint can everywhere—it holds 12 ounces of latex paint, and can even hold different colors without them mixing together. Paint loads onto brushes and rollers quickly and evenly, eliminating the need to wipe paint off. It goes on the wall, not on the floor.

Drop cloths and prep work are kept to a minimum. Plus, Paint2It is easy to clean with the included squeegee, which takes the paint out of the fibers so you can put it back in the can.

Your home projects will be more like works of art, with a lot less time and hassle.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • ben
    ben

    Hello Grommet Community! We are thrilled to be launching Paint2It, the anti-gravity paint tool, to you today and we are happy to answer any questions you have. I answered a few from Mike already below.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/9/2015 2:54 PM

    You have saved home renovation projects nationwide. What gave you the idea for Paint Handy?

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/9/2015 2:57 PM

    I’m a professional painter and for a while I was conducting projects the way anyone was— by covering every square inch of the floor to protect from potential disasters. I ran out of paint one particular day way high up while painting a soffit and had already cleaned up the area of my gear. I had to figure out a way to get back up without spilling anything and finishing the job with cars now in the driveway below.

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/9/2015 2:57 PM

    I was looking for something that could hold a small amount of paint that I could take up the ladder and all I had was a small piece of bristle type fabric in my truck. So after loading it with paint I went up and painted the spot without any trouble then thought, what if there was an entire tray made of this material? It’s easy to carry, you can focus on your safety while on a ladder rather than any paint spilling, it gave the perfect amount of paint to the brush and didn’t drip paint after loading paint onto the brush. Instead, it pushed paint between every bristle and it made the difficult task of painting much easier. It revolutionizes the way people paint.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/9/2015 2:58 PM

    How did you bring this product to life?

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/9/2015 2:58 PM

    After I grabbed the microfiber-esque fabric from my truck, which is now our liner, I was amazed at how much it held, how it didn’t spill, and how easy it was to do a job with it. I couldn’t get it out of my head on my drive home and as I was walking through my garage I saw an upside-down Frisbee and thought it would be the perfect tray. I got more fabric, put it into the Frisbee, and that was my first prototype. Within days of using it I added the fabric border around the sidewall and a strap to hold it securely to my hand. Then I kept it a secret for about five years, but the whole time I knew I truly had something amazing. I had a CAD guy over to my house to draw my desired prototype and right before my eyes a 3D image came to life. I brought it to a 3D printer and out came an official Paint Handy prototype.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/9/2015 2:59 PM

    Were there any specific challenges you faced during that process?

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/9/2015 2:59 PM

    Well I had this great concept, the first anti-gravity paint tray. But the challenge for me was figuring out how to make a business out of it. Where do I get started? I didn’t have a business plan and wasn’t sure how to create one. I needed to think of packaging and marketing materials, which was new to me. That’s really why the development took so long. I needed to develop the business behind it and showcase all of the benefits of Paint Handy, something I was unfamiliar with at first. I never envisioned it turning into what it is today.

  • Elaine
    Elaine
    6/11/2015 6:05 PM

    @ben Well, I hope you make a lot of money on this, because this is one of the cleverest ideas to come along on Grommet. I've used this micro fabric in a couple of ways...on a pallet to clean the water base ink off of rubber stamps and on painting pads...especially the corner ones and I love the stuff. Since I'm older now, this pad is going to be my saving grace for those paint projects requiring holding a tray. Just right. I'm thinking it would be a great device for a brush cleaner for a decorative painting class, too. Just add water and sit it in the middle of the table (hopefully round) Thank you for making our painting lives a little more easy!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/12/2015 9:46 AM

    Glad to hear it, Elaine! We hope you enjoy!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/9/2015 3:00 PM

    Why is this something people should have in their homes?

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/9/2015 3:00 PM

    Because if you love to paint you will paint more and if you hate to paint, at least now you will almost love it! With Paint Handy, touch-ups are very simple, you don’t need to uproot an entire room out of fear of spilling paint, and you can save money by not paying someone to do it.

    Everybody has to paint at some point in time. That’s the truth. And whenever you paint you need to go out and get all of the materials. And once they’re done, most people see these materials as useless. They just end up throwing them away. Paint Handy will become a favorite tool that is highly valued.

  • Ann
    Ann
    6/11/2015 12:26 PM

    @ben Hi Ben, Can you tell me how many liners come with the initial order, how many liners come with the refill kit and are the liners washable or reusable?

  • Rachel
    Rachel
    6/11/2015 1:17 PM

    @Ann

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/11/2015 1:29 PM

    Hi Ann, an initial order comes with one liner, two liners come with the refill kit, and yes, the liners are washable and reusable. You'll see below that Ben used his first one for years!

  • Patricia
    Patricia
    6/11/2015 12:15 PM

    Can this be used with a roller or just a brush?

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 12:17 PM

    @Patricia Great Question. Yes it works great with a 2" to 6' mini roller!

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 12:33 PM

    The biggest slow down areas in painting are the cut-in work. Paint Handy makes it a breeze to do cut in. Whether you are cutting in with a brush or cutting in using a shield and mini roller. Paint Handy can also be used stationary by setting it on the ground or strapping it to the top of a ladder with a heavier load of paint in it. I use mini-rollers with it a lot. Because the Paint Handy does not get paint on the end cap of the roller nap or onto the rod guide, paint does not drip off of these two point when your are returning the tool to the painted surface after reloading. Your tool becomes drip free as a extra bonus when using Paint Handy with a brush or a roller. Dripping from the tool can be a big frustration when painting.

  • Linda
    Linda
    6/11/2015 1:56 PM

    @ben Do you have plans for a bigger one to accommodate a full size roller?

  • Lucy
    Lucy
    6/11/2015 12:38 PM

    This is just about the best gadget yet! I can't wait to need to paint something. Really! Absolutely great idea.

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 12:44 PM

    Thank you Lucy! Every time I use Paint Handy I'm like a giddy little kid! It really does change the painting experience!

  • Libby
    Libby
    6/11/2015 12:41 PM

    How often do you need to replace the liners? The video shows them being easy to wash.

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 12:50 PM

    I used my first prototype for years. I just squeegee out all the excess paint and flow water into the center of the liner. I then use a old fashion dish rag and start with small circles in the middle and go larger until I reach the outer edge which displaces the water and paint from the tray liner more quickly. I leave the liner in the base when I'm rinsing because it offers more stability in the cleaning process.

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 1:08 PM

    Also Libby, often people find themselves painting with 3 separate colors, walls, ceilings and trim. And all require paint cut in. Having 3 colors in three separate trays is very efficient because each tray can be stored between color usage in commercially available 2 to 2.5 gallon resealable freezer bags!

  • Lauretta
    Lauretta
    6/11/2015 1:13 PM

    Thank you, Ben! I love you! Lynn

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 1:23 PM

    Wow! Thank you Lauretta!!

  • Patricio
    Patricio
    6/11/2015 1:31 PM

    Hello Ben. Your product is amazing!!!!!

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 3:09 PM

    Thanks Patricio!

  • MJ
    MJ
    6/11/2015 1:35 PM

    I'm intrigued by this product, as I am about to paint the interior of my house, however I have a lot of walls to paint. Does this work with full-size rollers? I assume this does not replace the standard rolling tray for painting walls?

  • Linda
    Linda
    6/11/2015 1:57 PM

    @MJ @ben I'd like to know this also.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/11/2015 2:07 PM

    Hi Linda and MJ, Ben can correct me if I'm wrong, but the Paint Handy currently fits a full-size roller so you are good to go!

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 2:08 PM

    Thank You for your question MJ. Paint Handy is primarily useful in all of the most frustrating areas found in the painting process especially like cutting in. However because I am able to load a roller so quickly with Paint Handy and drip free I find myself running full size walls often with my 6.5 inch mini roller using a heavy nap. I set my Paint Handy down and let it bump up against the base board with a full load of paint in the liner and use an excessive heavier load to fill only one half of the liner. This allows me to pull paint from the heavy loaded side when I need an anti drip reload. This method works great for painting larger surface areas. By simply filling the Paint Handy with a heavy quantity of paint and then depressing your 6 inch roller onto the surface you can push the excess load of paint to one half of the Paint Handy liner surface. This will allow you to use the lesser filled surface as your rollers runway and allow you to put on the perfect amount of paint with every reload. I often will use a roller extension pole that screws into the bottom of my mini roller to do wall to ceiling runs using one roll up and one roll down then quickly reloading again. I find I prefer the mini rollers because they are easier to depress to the wall and unload paint. The reason for this is the surface of the roller is smaller and the surface tension is more direct to the wall allowing more pressure with less effort and of course less weight. I hope this is helpful.

  • Bob
    Bob
    6/11/2015 1:38 PM

    Looks interesting especially with some painting projects on my to do list. Is there a clean trick to pouring the paint into the paint handy?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/11/2015 2:08 PM

    Hi Bob, I don't think so. You just have to pour it in!

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 2:32 PM

    Yes Bob there is! I have some really innovative ways. But one of the best aids for pouring paint period is the use of a rubber replacement lid by Sur-line. It offers a pop up snorkel and a air release for quick easy pouring and is found about any where you buy paint. Other wise you can pour paint the old fashioned way directly from the can and just pour an 8 inch pancake of paint into the liner, then use a roller or a brush to bend it into the liner surface. If you want it to be antigravity and spill free that is! Or, you can do the... "Don't do this at home trick" and put the Paint Handy over the top of a open gallon of paint with one hand on the Paint Handy and the other hand under the gallon and press firmly to the back and bottom of each and flip it upside-down and back right side up again! Take the Paint Handy off and you have a perfect pancake of paint on the Paint Handy liner surface and no paint in the top of the paint can trough. But this is maybe a little too acrobatic for some people so you might just want to stick to basics and pour it.

  • Doris
    Doris
    6/11/2015 3:05 PM

    How long does the paint stay wet in the paint try?

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 3:24 PM

    Hi Doris! When you are working your paint it's gone well before it is able to dry out. If you are not working your paint simply put your Paint Handy into a resalable freezer bag and seal it off or any plastic grocery bag and give it a quick twist. We have tested paint in the resealable bag that's kept indoors for weeks at a time and paint remains fresh. For a quick capping off of your paint to prevent premature dry out you can also turn it upside down on a washable or disposable surface without losing any paint for a good period of time as long as the liner is loaded to anti gravity levels.

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 3:36 PM

    NOTE: I also want to add that if you ever have had a bucket of paint or tray that develops a thin dry paint layer over the top of the paint before, there's nothing you can do but drag this thin layer off to the side and get it out. Interestingly enough with Paint Handy because of the texture resistance on the bottom of the bristle base this same thin layer of paint is quickly emulsified back into useable paint with a quick stir with a brush or roll with the roller over the Paint Handy liners surface. No need to dig your fingers into the paint!

  • Fran
    Fran
    6/11/2015 3:30 PM

    Perfect timing! My husband and I are remodeling an old farmhouse and just installed and mudded dry wall. Now it's ready for priming and painting. Can't wait to give these a try!

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 3:40 PM

    Great Fran! Just run a couple quick coats of paint over the mudded areas first and you should end up with a nice painted evenly coated wall surface.

  • Fran
    Fran
    6/11/2015 3:48 PM

    @ben Great! Thanks for the tip, Ben!

  • christopher
    christopher
    6/11/2015 4:28 PM

    fantastic tool for cutting in! as for cleanup, is this exclusively for "water based paint" only? and can you expand on the cleaning/durability of how long one insert will last realistically? again, congrats on an ingenious product!!

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 5:06 PM

    Yes Christopher water based paints only because of the solvent based clean up from oil base paints would more rapidly deteriorate the glue that holds our bristle fabric to our liner. Once you extract any excess paint from the liner back into your can you are ready to rinse. Once the water runs clear shake or squeegee excess water out and dry. Once dry either by towel drying or air drying you can run a second color in the liner. Longevity is reliant on care just no different than taking care of a good brush. But the bristles are very durable even when a Scotch-brite type pad is used for loosening dried paint. Hope this is helpful information to you.

  • ben
    ben – Special Guest
    6/11/2015 5:09 PM

    NOTE: The key to quick clean up is thoroughly squeegeeing the paint from the liner before rinsing. Use firm pressure on the squeegee when recovering excess paint from the tray back into your paint can.

  • christopher
    christopher
    6/11/2015 5:39 PM

    @ben thanks, I'm completely sold on this product, (I did go to your site), and again, congrats on one of the most ingenious "grommets" I've ever seen. my order is happening as you read this! thanks to the grommet team as well! (Mike!)

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/12/2015 9:44 AM

    No problem, Christopher! Glad to hear you're a fan!

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