You’ve chosen just the right colors for the room you’d like to paint, but are not sure of the painting tools to use to get that professional look.
Here you’ll find all of the information you need to make any painting project go more smoothly and get excellent results.
Paint Surface Preparation Tools
Surface preparation is crucial in painting interiors. It is essential to have a dry, clean, obstruction-free surface before you start to paint. Here are the tools you’ll need:
- Screwdriver: to remove all outlet and switch covers
- Painter’s tape: to place on trims, baseboards, uncovered outlets and switches, and any other surface that needs protection from paint stains
- Paint scraper or flexible putty knife: to remove cracked or peeling paint and to apply caulking compound or putty to cracks, nail holes, and other surface depressions
- Steel wool or a wire brush: to remove grime and old paints or stains from raw wood
- Sandpaper: to smooth out imperfections, sags, drips, or runs on walls or other surfaces
- Tack or damp cloth: to wipe clean surfaces to be painted after using steel wool or sandpaper
Painting Tools: Brush or Roller?
Once you’ve properly prepared the surface, you’re ready to paint. Whether to use a paintbrush or a paint roller depends on the type of paint you are using and the size of the surface to be painted.
Although using a paintbrush takes considerably longer than a roller, it is ideal for cutting in, windows, baseboards, and intricate trim work.
- Nylon/polyester blended brushes: the best choice for all latex (water-based) paints and coatings
- Natural China bristle brushes: the best choice for oil-based paints, stains, epoxies, and varnishes because natural bristles will soak up the water and go limp when used to apply water-based paints
- Paintbrush sizes: A 1- to 2-inch brush is ideal for small spaces, tight trim areas, touchups, and detail work. A 2.5- to 3-inch brush is perfect for trim and corner work, and the larger 4- to 5-inch brush is recommended for larger areas like walls or side paneling.
Paint rollers make painting go more quickly, but should be used only for painting walls, ceilings, and other large, flat surfaces. They can be used to apply both latex and oil-based paints and stains and do a fine job with both gloss and semi-gloss coatings.
- Paint roller sizes: The standard roller length is 9 inches. For smaller areas, a 4-inch or 7-inch roller cover may be used. For larger areas like walls, ceilings, and floors, 14-inch and 18-inch rollers will get the job done more quickly.
Here’s a comprehensive list of painting tools and supplies you’ll need to give your interior a gorgeous and lasting paint makeover:
- Primer and paint
- Paint brushes and paint rollers
- Paint paddles
- Roller trays
- Mineral spirits/solvents (to clean up oil-based paint)
- Drop cloths or tarps and cleaning cloths
- Caulking gun, putty knife, and caulk/joint compound
- Steel wool, wire brush
- Tack cloth
- Painter’s tape