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Load Balancing

December 13, 2008

superfab What is Load Balancing?

Years ago I conducted a study on how far various roller covers can carry a load of paint. You can see an example in the photo. I wanted to know how much more distance can I get out of all the 1/2" covers available to me and find the best one. Then I wanted to compare the 1/2" covers against 3/4" covers of the same brand to see how much more distance I can get using a 3/4" cover assuming a desired roller texture. The same study was conducted on brushes.

Load balancing is gauged on the capacity of the brush or roller and the amount of paint you load them with for optimum results. Each load (amount of paint) is predetermined before taking the load based on for example where it will be placed on the wall or trim.

Load Balancing is one of the more important aspects with efficient painting. It’s a combination between the right paint brush or roller and the amount of paint in which you load them and how it impacts performance more than anything else.

Load Balancing allows me to paint ridiculously fast because each (next move) or next load of paint is thought out. What this does is eliminates unnecessary brushwork and/or more effective results with each load of paint.

In the video where the side of the casing is painted in about 8 seconds, Load Balancing plays a huge role in allowing me to do that. 1) The brush needs to be capable of holding a load of paint to go the distance of 7’. 2) I also need to know how much paint I will need to travel 7’ and put that amount of paint on the brush.

Look for more on this topic soon along with video demonstrations. For now you can see more on this topic here.



November 8, 2008


Selecting Paint Brushes
Suck Less at Painting #101 
Brush Hype
Brushes Close up
Brushes Close up UPDATED
Purdy Pro-Extra Glide 
Testing Brushes
Flaxen vs. Oregon
Loading a Brush
Wooster ProClassic Plus
Be Faster Cutting Ceilings
Cutting 8′ vs. 16′
Wooster Pro Classic Easyflo
Purdy Black China
Benjamin Moore 65125
Zibra grip-n-glide
Synthetics with Oil
Brush Handle Mod
How do they do it that fast? 

Also see Rolling, Frames & Covers

Where do you shop?

April 8, 2007

We are often asked where we buy our paints and materials. You might not think that question could be answered easily with the enormous amount of product and sundries on the market. There are hundreds of paints and thousands of sundries to pick from. Our list is small.

We currently use two ICI Dulux Paint products and one from Benjamin Moore.
Brushes – Benjamin Moore 65125 and 65330
Roller Covers- Wooster SuperFabs and Pro doo-Z
Caulk- DAP 35-Year Alex Plus Siliconized Acrylic
Primer- Zinsser High hide Cover-Stain and Zinsser Bulls Eye High Hide Odorless primer
Putty- Color Putty Brand Oil-based
Patch- DAP DryDex (now available in square tub) and DAP CrackShot
Caulk Gun- Dripless Industrial SI300 with a 14:1 ratio
Sanding Pads – Glit