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The Secure Tray paint tray clamps securely to the top of any stepladder so you don’t have to climb up and down the ladder to reload your roller.  Yes, we’ve had paint trays that attach to ladders for ages, but those trays usually just rested on the rungs of the ladder.  Plus, the Secure Tray’s airtight lid keeps your paint and roller fresh for hours.

The reusable high-density polyethylene plastic tray is lightweight with a large-capacity paint well.  The airtight lid also provides a work surface, divided into sections to keep your tools in place.

You’ll pay about $19 for Secure Tray — about $10 less than the SealPro tray featured here a while ago.

Secure Tray [Wizard Distribution]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]

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7 Responses to Spend More Time Painting, Less Time Climbing

  1. Adam says:

    This might have a use as some sort of tool tray but I don’t think it has any use as a paint tray. Why would you want your paint tray at the top of a ladder?

  2. Capt. Obvious says:

    “Why would you want your paint tray at the top of the ladder?”

    The answer is in the title of the article.

  3. Angelo says:

    No, I think Adam’s initial question is right, if you presume that a tray is for rollers and really rollers should be used with a pole. The pole gives greater control and an even pressure application compared to the roller frame and your shoulder.

    That being said, there have been times where I’ve wanted to work out of a roller tray and not a bucket, or didn’t have access to a bucket.

    The bad thing about this sort of rig comes down to this random lesson, passed down through my family: If you can’t hold the bucket, you shouldn’t be painting.

    It came from this insanely good Dutch painter my grandfather partnered with when he was just starting out. Basically, if you have the paint vessel in your hands, you’re going to have a much greater concern about where it is and will be less likely to spill it. So much of a being a good professional painter is about not ruining someone else’s home!

  4. Brau says:

    I agree with Adam and Angelo. You’d be much better to put your money toward a cheap pole and leave the tray on the ground where it belongs. With a pole you don’t need a ladder except for cutting in around the edges the the brush.

  5. Peter says:

    The biggest drawback to this rig is that it is backwards on the ladder. There’s a reason for those two little slots at the top of stepladders, to catch the clips on the bottoms of steel trays. And indeed, any professional painter is going to have at least a short extension pole on his roller. Nah, this is a piece of junk. As a former pro painter/paper hanger for twenty years I say give it a pass.

  6. fred says:

    Maybe it varies by region, but my painting subcontractor starts by mixing his paint together. On small jobs – gallon cans are blended in 5 gallon pails etc. While I’m guessing that paint manufacturing QA has gotten better with automation, he says that this eliminates the possibility of variations from can to can causing a problem. When he’s using rollers – not spraying – the paint stays in a 5 gallon pail and a roller grid is inserted. His rollers seem to be always mounted on poles – but ladders are used for cutting-in and other brush work. As others have pointed out – the paint is held in smaller buckets for this purpose. He has a couple of guys who specialize in Faux work – who are up and down and/or use staging – they seem to use trays but that’s a whole different application.

  7. Dina says:

    Very cool. Another helpful tool when painting is a paint calculator.
    For example…

    Interior Paint Calculator: http://tinyurl.com/8s3bb3
    Exterior Paint Calculator: http://tinyurl.com/6tbyd4

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