The right painting tools can make any job easier whether you’re painting walls or furniture. Let’s find out what painting tools the pro’s recommend! Recently I wrote a post on 25 Furniture Painting Tips From the Experts. I also shared some cool paint products for Quick and Easy Paint Finishes. Today, I want to share some tools of the trade that will help you out on your next project.
These painting tools and tips are featured in the spring edition of Lowe’s Creative Ideas magazine. Each issue of that magazine has such great ideas. I thought you’d find the advice in this article very useful, so I had to blog about it for you.
3-Inch Brush with a Straight Edge – This is a must-have on their list of brushes. Use it to outline or quickly paint large areas. You should choose one with a bare wood handle that fits comfortably in your grip.
Angled Brush – Use it to cut into walls and for painting trim and furniture. It’s great for doing that type of detail work.
Artist’s Brushes – These are for the “extra-detailed” work. Use them for freehand designs and getting the small details. They come in all different sizes.
Foam Brush – These brushes are inexpensive and disposable. Use them for small jobs and touch-ups.
Rollers are sorted by the thickness of their naps. No. That’s not how long they sleep. The nap is the fuzzy outer part of the roller. They say a 3/8 inch nap works on the average smooth wall. To apply glossy paints on smoothly, use thinner naps. And for rough surfaces use thicker naps.
Prep Tools Before Painting
Wire Brush – Get a brush that has rough poly bristles and brass bristles. The poly bristles remove rust and flaking paint from wood and metal surfaces. The brass bristles are for use on yellow metals such as bronze.
5-in-1 Tool – This multi-purpose tool scrapes, cleans & patches cracks, applies putty, pulls nails and a few other assorted tasks. A very handy tool to have.
Sanding Tools – There are sanding blocks, sanding paper, and sanding sponges. I have all three in my tool box along with my electric sanders.
Painter’s Pyramids – These are so cool! I wasn’t familiar with these little gems before I read this article; now I just have to try them out. They allow you to position your project on them so you can easily paint all surfaces. As they say in the article, “no more waiting for one side to dry before you finish the job.”
Painter’s Tape – This tape is low-tack and designed not to pull paint off the walls. Use it to mask off edges before you paint. It comes in a variety of different widths.
TSP Wall Cleaner – TSP stands for trisodium phosphate. Use it before painting to remove mildew stains, de-gloss shiny surfaces and restore used paint brushes.
Using the right painting tools definitely helps make the job easier. To make sure you have the tools you need for your next painting project, begin with these basics from the pros.