How To / Benefits of using a painter’s mitt

April 24, 2023

What is a painter’s mitt?

A painter’s mitt is a multi-layered, lined glove that you wear to apply paint or stain to oddly shaped or hard-to-reach areas like spindles and handrails.

What are the benefits of a painter’s mitt?

Not all surfaces are created equal, and not all surfaces are easy to paint with traditional paint brushes and paint rollers. Traditional brushes are great for flat surfaces, corners, window trim and baseboards. But what sets the painter’s mitt apart during those tougher jobs?

Pro Paint Mitt™ painter's glove being used to stain the back of a chair

Paint mitts cover what paint brushes and rollers can’t

We’ve all run into a paint job where a brush or roller just won’t cut it. Whether it’s a railing, fence pickets, furniture, columns, screens, pipes, ornamental baseboards, or staircase spindles, painting with a brush is a hassle and never seems to get the paint in the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. A paint mitt is a quick and easy paint applicator that can be used to cover those areas.

Paint mitts are time savers

Save time with a painter’s mitt. You can load the mitt with paint or stain and use the whole surface of the glove to apply. This makes painting railings and spindles super quick.

Paint mitts are washable and reusable

Paint gloves can be rinsed out and left to dry, ready for the next paint job. This makes them great for multi-day jobs or just to keep around the house for the next project.

Paint mitts are multi-use

Not only is the painting and staining mitt great for application, but it can also be used for other household tasks and DIY projects. Some of the most common uses include faux finishing walls and ceilings to create depth and texture, as well as using it as a cleaning mitt for dusting the house and washing cars.

How to use a painter’s mitt

Follow these simple steps to ensure a seamless, clean finish:

  1. Remove the mitt from its packaging and brush off any loose fibers.
  2. For smaller jobs, we recommend wiping the surface off with a tack cloth prior to painting. This will remove all dust particles and sawdust after sanding, which ensures a smooth surface and clean finish.
  3. Place the mitt over your hand. These double-sided paint gloves can be used on the right or left hand.
  4. Dip the painting mitt into paint or stain and begin painting! (Make sure not to dip the mitt deeper than the cuff at the wrist or you risk getting paint inside the glove.)
  5. When the paint on the mitt begins to thin, simply repeat step 4 until the job is complete.
  6. Once the paint job is complete, thoroughly rinse the remaining paint out of the mitt. Let dry and reuse when needed.

Multiple types of paint can be used with this time saving mitt, from traditional interior latex and oil-based paint to outdoor stain for decks and furniture. Whatever type of paint or stain you use, the interior plastic lining of the glove will keep your hand dry and protected.

Make painting simple with painter mitts from Trimaco

Trimaco offers a variety of painter’s mitts, each with their own unique features and benefits. Here are some of the more popular ways to use each individual paint applicator product:

  • SuperTuff Painter’s Mitt: The traditional painter’s mitt. This product has three layers of protection so your hand stays dry for the entire painting project. Made with synthetic material, it is not only great for painting, but cleaning and dusting as well!
  • Pro Paint Mitt: A higher quality painter’s mitt and lint-free cloth, great for stain and oil-based paints. This paint glove is thick and absorbent but offers a lint-free finish perfect for any stain project. Great for painting deck railings, chairs, and staircase spindles.
  • MicroFiber Interior Detailing Mitt: Looking for an easier way to detail your car that saves time? The Microfiber Interior Detailing Mitt is the perfect solution! This mitt is non-linting and extremely absorbent. It’s safe on all interior surfaces including plastic, vinyl, leather, and veneers.

Looking for additional wiping products? Trimaco has you covered! Check out our full line of wiping products. And keep your painting space clean and protected with one of our professional grade drop cloths.



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