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Before you start painting, fix your can of paint to reduce drips. Take a nail, and punch a few holes in the bottom of the trough where the lid seals. It will allow paint to drip back into the can when you wipe the brush. The lid will seal better than if the trough was full of half dried paint.
 

The paint can lid seals around the edge of the can, not in the 'trough' where you make the holes, so the paint will not dry out because of these holes.
These holes will cause the paint left in the pot to dry quickly.

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