Painting Tips – Supplies

Mar 09, 2016

You Get What You Pay For.

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Good tools not only make the project easier when it comes time to paint a room, they are necessary in order to obtain professional results. Preparation is key. While you’ll need a variety of items in order to create the professional look you’re going for, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

First Things First

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Save yourself a headache, not to mention time, by choosing high quality items. What may seem like a deal at first will eventually cause more heartache than help.

For a successful paint job, you’ll need the following items:

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  • Drop cloths
  • Plastic
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Spackling Paste
  • All Purpose Joint Compound
  • Wood Filler
  • Painter’s Putty
  • 5-in-1 Painter’s Tool
  • Sanding Sponges
  • Mild Cleaner
  • Caulk & Caulk Gun
  • Brush(es)
  • Roller
  • Roller Pan
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Ladder or Stepladder


The sales staff at any brand name store will be able to help you with the selection and purchasing of this equipment.


The Best Brush for your Paint

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Brushes come in a variety of sizes, styles, and types. Choosing a specific brush could make or break your project.

Types of brushes, as well as their usual use, are:

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  • Blended nylon/polyester brushes – easy to clean, and work well with latex paints. These brushes are usually very durable, and will last for years with proper care.
  • Polyester brushes – the best for latex paints. These hold their shape & stiffness, and apply paint evenly and smoothly across a surface.
  • Natural brushes – brushes that are made with animal hair are best used to apply oil-based paints, shellac, and other oil-based finishes.


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Brush End Types

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Different end types of brushes can help achieve different textures and reach specific areas.

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  • Chisel Trim – slanted bristles produce a straight line for trimmer corners and edges.
  • Square Trim – the cut square at the end of the bristles are helpful for applying paint over flat areas.
  • Angled Trim – these brushes make it easier to apply paint to window trim.


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Drop Cloths

[bs_lead]Drop cloths are just as important as the paint.[/bs_lead]

Save yourself from a future mess! Protect floors and any immovable furniture with a drop cloth. Old newspapers can be used in a pinch, but that’s not recommended – especially for carpeted areas.

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  • Canvas – heavy duty, long-lasting, and absorbent. While expensive, they’ll last a very long time.
  • Plastic – available in a wide range of thicknesses, as well as lightweight. These aren’t absorbent, however, though they’re fairly cost-effective.
  • Paper – inexpensive and absorbent, but are prone to ripping easily.
  • Paper/poly blend – low-cost, disposable, and absorbent. However, these are also prone to ripping.


The Bottom Line…

[bs_lead]Better tools mean a better job.[/bs_lead]

In the end, putting the money into high quality tools will cut down on time spent, as well as money spent on replacing cheap items that may break or otherwise become useless.

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