Once you decide to paint the interior or exterior of your house, you should make an inventory of all your painting supplies, and then buy the products you don’t already have.
Brushes are the most basic painting tools. Use brushes with natural bristles for oil-based paints, and brushes with nylon bristles for latex paints. 3”-5” wide brushes are suitable for large jobs, while 2.5”-3” brushes are needed for smaller jobs. Remember to clean each brush immediately after use.
Rollers are intended for large jobs. Rollers vary in composition and nap length. Polyester is the worst, while lambs wool is the best. Be sure to use thinner covers for glossier finishes, and thicker covers for flatter walls. Employ specialized rollers for trim, corners, etc. Compression roller handles are the most durable, while wing-nut rollers are the most fragile.
Paint sprayers are best used to paint large areas, such as open sides and ceilings. They paint more space, using less paint, money, and time. Wear long pants, long sleeves, a wide-brimmed cap, as well as a respirator mask, while spraying. However, bear in mind, that a professional painter will be able to attain more satisfactory results. For a job well done, first time, it is best to hire a specialist!
Useful cleaning supplies include paint thinner to clean oil-based paints off rollers and brushes, as well as wall bleaches for cleaning paint spills and stains off your walls. Latex paints can be easily cleaned with plain water.
Basic tools to have at your fingertips are:
- a paint tray;
- sandpaper to smooth surfaces;
- painters tape to protect items and surfaces that are not to be painted, such as door jambs, light switches. and window casings;
- mixing bucket to hold your paint;
- clean rags to clean up after the job;
- and drop cloths to cover your floors, furniture, landscape, etc.
When painting large, open surfaces, you will need a roller handle, disposable rollers, as well as a roller pole. For higher areas, buy a telescoping pole and extension. You may also need a stepladder. To avoid eyestrain, remember to wear protective eyewear with tinted and polarized lenses, while you are outside, working under the bright sun.
Specialty tools that you may need include:
- wire brushes to thoroughly clean surfaces before painting;
- caulking guns to seal gaps and cracks in windows or tile;
- mixing brushes to keep your paint from drying out prematurely or separating.
A pressure washer is quite an useful equipment to rent, if not own. It is great for washing dirt, dust, and grime off the exterior of a house, before surface preparation and the painting itself. A thorough pressure washing can also help get rid of peeling paint, significantly reducing the need to scrape, as well as sand.
A paint scraper is used to remove peeling paint, along with other debris.
A power sander is needed to enhance the surface’s finished look.
Useful paint additives include:
- a fire retardant (it will make the paint burn resistant);
- a paint reducer to make the paint spreadable, slower to harden and more durable.
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