Though painting is really a simple process—applying paint to a surface—achieving a job well done takes precision, patience and ultimately the right tools.
Each application has specific applicators to assist the painter and ensure a quality job. In fact, most applications will likely require the use of several different applicators for the highest quality finish.
Browse the available painting accessories to help your painting project run more efficiently and smoothly. Don't skimp on the proper painting tools--the finished results will likely show whether you have cut corners or not!
What material is the surface requiring to be painted?
Will the surface be covered with oil-based paint or water-based paint?
Are there many details work, trims and mouldings?
Are painting project frequent?
Is the surface textured?
Use the proper tools and accessories for a professional looking paint job with less effort (and frustration!).
Spackle: Putty used to fill holes or other small surface defects. Choose a spackle manufactured for the type of material you will be painting (wood, drywall, plaster, etc).
Spackle Knife: Used to spread spackle to patch small holes.
Sandpaper: Used to sand dried spackle flush with surface or to smooth surfaces before applying paint.
Tarps and/or Drop Cloth: Used to protect areas from paint.
Painter's Tape: Useful for protecting surfaces that you do not want painted.
There are many paint applicators available today. In general, water-based products should use synthetic applicators while oil-based products can use either synthetic or natural ones. The natural materials are too absorbent for latex (water-based) products.
The chart below outlines each applicator, as well as the varieties and best use for each.
TYPE OF PRODUCT
TASK or BEST USE
Window sashes, tight corners, detail work
• Angled edges makes it easier for detailed work and to cut into tight corners
Lamb’s Wool: oil
Smooth: metal, doors and trim, cabinets
• Standard rollers range from 7"-12" wide, while specialty rollers can be found from 2"-18" wide
Same as rollers
Large scale, single color jobs
• Paint is continuously pumped into the roller for quick and easy supply of paint
DIY-er, small jobs or multiple colors
• Unless you paint frequently or are attempting to tackle a large-scale project, a paint sprayer may not be the most economical choice for the average DIY-er.
Edging around windows, doors & other trim
• Like rollers, but pads eliminate splatter
Water- & Oil-based Paints,
Especially useful for varnish and stains; can be used for precise edging and detail work
• Holds a lot of paint, yet allows easy control over how much is applied
Stain or Oils
Small projects such as furniture or trim
• Choose a clean, lint-free rag for a smooth even application.
Faux finishes or illusion of textured surfaces
• Kits are available to achieve the same texture over large surfaces, edges & trim
High quality brushes largely dictate the outcome of the painting project. Look for these attributes when purchasing a quality brush:
Brushes are available with either natural bristles or synthetic bristles.
Natural: Softer than synthetic bristles, but only recommended for oil-based paints because the water in the water-based paints will be absorbed, causing the bristles to go limp.
Synthetic: Constructed of nylon, polyester or a blend of both and can be used with either water-based or oil-based products.
Brushes: After you've invested in a high quality brush, ensure you properly clean and maintain it so that it will be ready to go for your next painting project.
Water-based paint: rinse in warm, soapy water until the water runs clean.
Oil-based paint: use a solvent to get the paint off of the brush.
**Do not leave brushes soaking in the cleaner. The bristles might bend.
Stand the roller on end for drying.
Once dry, store the roller in a plastic bag.
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