If you’re painting unusual configurations, like intricate stair railings or wrought-iron gates, it might be easier to use your hand rather than a paintbrush. Not your bare hand, silly. Do this…

Put on a long plastic or latex glove, and wrap an old, thin dish towel around your hand. Keep it in place with a large rubber band. Dip your fingertips into the paint, shake off the excess, and work your hand like a human paint brush over your odd-shaped item. You could also purchase inexpensive gardening gloves and let your painted, gloved fingers get into the tight spots with ease and agility.

Best time to paint outdoor surfaces: Early afternoon, after the morning dew has completely evaporated.

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