Painting is one of the most vital and practical do-it-yourself skills that a homeowner can possess. Over the course of a weekend, you can completely redo a space with just a little bit of time, effort, and money. For homeowners trying to sell, a coat of fresh paint is an effective and easy way to increase the value of a home.
You don’t need to be a professional painter to handle a painting project. Still, you will need the necessary tools and materials, which could include everything from a multipurpose ladder to quality brushes and rollers.
Outside of the paint itself, the following information will cover the essential tools, materials, and equipment you’ll need to pull off a top-notch job!
When it comes to painting materials, tools, and equipment, if it sounds far too good to be true, it probably is! There is no substitute for high-quality tools, meticulous work, and careful preparation. The following will enable you to pull off a professional-looking paint job without hiring a painter!
Wall Cleaner: Dirty surfaces can keep paint from adhering correctly or cause bubbling. You always want to be sure that all your surfaces are clean before you begin painting. You don’t have to shell out the big bucks for any special cleaners; your all-purpose house cleaner will do the trick!
An Authentic Paint Can Opener: Of course, you can open a can of paint with a flat-edged tool or flat-head screwdriver, but you risk damaging the lid and compromising the seal. Invest a few extra dollars in a proper paint can opener to ensure the longevity of your leftover paint.
Painter’s Tape: Yes, purchasing a high-quality painter’s tape is important, but the application is where the true benefit lies. Once you have taped an area, lightly smooth over the tape with a dampened cloth to create a seal and pay close attention to the removal dates for your tape. Most tape should be removed in 15 to 30 days.
Drop Cloths: Drop cloths can be canvas or plastic. If you are thinking of painting more in the future, opt to spend a little extra on four-foot-wide canvas drop cloths.
Quality Brushes: You’ll need, at the least, a two-and-a-half-inch angled brush for trim painting and edging.
Quality Roller Frames and Cover: Most standard rollers are nine inches, and a quality roller frame can last you a long time. Look for rollers covered with a synthetic core and at least one-half-inch nap (the part that holds the paint). Don’t skimp on rollers. Inexpensive roller covers will not hold the paint well and can get lint trapped in your paint.
Roller Trays: Choose heavy-duty plastic roller trays over metal ones. They’re easier to clean and store for future use.
Multipurpose Ladder: A standard six-foot fiberglass or aluminum ladder is an excellent investment for your home.
When it comes to giving your space a fresh look with a new coat of paint, having the right tools from the start is essential for achieving efficient, polished, and professional results. You don’t need a lot of gadgetry or sophisticated, complicated painting tools. The few essentials listed above should get you on the right track!