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Quick and Dirty Low-Tech Ad Buffer

This set up will allow you to paint out hard to reach advertising messages, create block letters, or horizontal or vertical stripes.

You might be thinking to yourself "big deal!" Well...

Yes, something like this probably exists commercially. And it's probably over-priced.
Yes, the G.R.L., Barry McGee, and Citizens Against Ugly Street Spam have made similar tools.
Yes, it's not challenging to make and hardly requires instrcutions.
Yes, it doesn't take a genius to think of this and you probably would have come up with it yourself.

BUT, if this is what you need, it's an awesome tool that you can make for at most $6.
Also, at $6 it can get lost or become disposable in a pinch.
Once you know this tool exists and how to use it, hopefully you will be compelled to make one to paint over hard to reach advertising and beautify your neighborhood like someone I might have heard about maybe did one time. It's quick, easy, and fun.
 
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Step 1: Get your materials

Everything you need can be bought at a hardware store, though some should be in most garages or workshops.

1. A wood broom/paint stick. Or any stick you can drill into. The one I found was about 5 feet long and $3.99. Perfect for what I needed it for.
2. Foam brushes. Found in the paint section. I hear foam brushes are good if one was to often walk around painting out advertising and couldn't always clean their brush. Each one costs around $.75 and I try to use them a few times. Get the ones with wood handles, not plastic.
3. 2 screws
4. A small can of black house paint.

Bonus:
1. Duct tape. This can help support the brush and keep it from moving. Especially if you shear the head of the screw because you didn't pre-drill.
2. a drill bit to pre-drill your holes. I didn't have one handy, so I drove the screw straight in, cracked the handle, and sheared the head of the screw. Not ideal, but it is called the "Quick and Dirty Low-Tech Ad Buffer" isn't it?
dergon2 years ago
so if you get what you want and all advertisments are gone...

buisnesses cant make money and you make the economy worse?

lmao
slambert (author)  dergon2 years ago
so you have an 8 year old's understanding of economics...

lmao
The last picture is interesting. In only the thumbnail, you can make out some of the words.
zzoe5 years ago
I love how big the gap between ethical and legal can be. Keep up the good work.
Whats this do? I'm confused....
its a stick with one or more fom brushes on it. You use the brushes(and paint)to go over annoying advertizements. TA-DA!
I understood that a couple of months ago when the guy who came up with the instructable replyed.
raarh dang dude he was just trying to help you out, the creators response was not posted for others to see so it was an honest mistake, how come everyone on the net wants to make everybody feel like a dumbass?
it's fun... but I see your point, sorry.
oh, okay---sorry _.
slambert (author)  Johnsons on fire6 years ago
check out all the pictures and read through. Basically it makes it easy to quickly paint horizontal and vertical lines and block letters up to 5 feet higher than you could normally reach.
nkk076 years ago
arnet the brushes a bit small.+ can i use a stick i found at the park?
Damn, thats ghetto... but hey. If it works!
stevoIution7 years ago
I like your work slambert, keep it up.
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