Many people love painting while others dislike painting. No matter where you fit on that scale, if you have the proper tools before you start, things will go much easier. We’ve compiled a list of tools you need to help you save time and be prepared. We’ve put them in the order you will be using them.
Tape away objects you don’t want to paint. Different tapes are available for different surfaces so pick the right one for your project. Before removing, wait until the paint is fully dry, but don’t leave it longer than needed. Use a utility knife to make a small cut where the tape meets the paint if latex paint begins to pull away with the tape when you remove it.
I used to be a taper, taping every room that we painted. (Now I got much better at cutting in with just a brush.) I purchased this paint tape dispenser in a desperate effort to save time and was delighted to take off my taping tasks for some time. When I know it will take me more time to be careful than to tape off some trimming, I always tape off some edges.
Using a drop cloth later means less cleaning up. Use this to shield the floors and furniture from paint drips. Really, no matter how diligent you can be, there are going to be drips. Scotch Plastic Drop Cloth is a perfect temporary choice-just crumple it up and dump it when done in the garbage. Consider investing in Blue Hawk Canvas Drop Cloth if you think you’ll be painting the future once again. You can also use it in later creating a slipcover or curtains. Another choice is buying a roll of Kraft Paper to cover your floors. Has various uses of the extra kraft paper!
Primer is not always a must. The aim is to prepare your surface material for painting, or to cover up colors that are hard to paint over. It easily covers other colours, as it is much thicker than normal paint. Primer is a white colour, which you can quickly paint with any colour. In the long run, this will save you painting, because you won’t have to paint as many layers.
If you’re using a roller a paint tray is a must. Buying a sturdy metal paint tray and then using disposable plastic inserts for different colors of paint is your best bet. Dip your roller deep into the paint, then roll it back and forth to spread and remove the excess paint before rolling it onto your walls.
Paint Can Opener
Paint can openers are made with a little lip that fits in the slot at the edge of your can’s lid, making taking off very easy. One can be purchased from any paint store.
A roller is one of the most important tools for painting that you will need if you are going to cover large areas of a room with paint edger. This tool will allow you to easily cover entire walls in a fraction of the time it would take you to try to paint with a paint brush on those areas. Since rollers come in many different sizes, you can easily find one that will allow you to cover the wall quickly. In addition, rollers come with naps of different sizes, which will play a role in how much paint is added to the wall at one time. If you need extra coverage, you’ll want a roller with a thicker nap to choose from, while thinner naps will have less paint on. Naturally this is critical
Although rollers are perfect to cover large gaps in the wall, brushes are good for smaller areas and edging. For the usage of oil-based paints, natural-bristle brushes are used, whereas polyester brushes are used in latex paints. Choose an angled brush to enable the painting of straight lines in trim areas. Flat faced brushes are best suited for filling in even larger spaces.
Required to get into those high places that are hard to reach, a step ladder will not only protect you from injuring your back, but will also make your painting work easier. Plus, it will make for an easier, better-looking job as it is easier to control a paintbrush from a short range, rather than several feet away.
If there are only small areas where you don’t want to paint, like window molding, instead of taping, you can use a metal or plastic edger. Place it against the painted area you don’t want, and spread your paint along the outer edge. Before going along, clean the edger with a rag to insure that you do not unintentionally drag paint where you don’t want it.
When you have a wide open area where you will be painting and you want to make sure you can finish the job as easily as possible, then using a paint sprayer is a smart idea. Rather than buying a small one that will only hold a small amount of paint, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can paint your entire home when you buy a strong sprayer. It’s important to use a paint sprayer only in a position where you have plenty of fresh air. Watching for overspray is also critical but this is a quick and easy way to complete your project in a fraction of the time.
With a little heat some types of paints are easier to clean than chemicals. The heat will melt the paint, so it can be scraped. It may take a few runs, but damage to hardwood floors or other fragile materials is far less likely.
If your paint job is part of a remodeling job requiring power interruption, a work light connected to a different room via an extension cord can help you see corners and hard-to-reach areas in low light conditions.
(source: homestratosphere.com, paintsprayermag.com, prettyhandygirl.com, bobvila.com, and www.apartmenttherapy.com)