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The 7 Best Painting Tools Make the Job Easier

January 26, 2017 at 10:28 am | No comment | Category: Blog

The painting project you’re planning will be easier, more satisfying, and will yield better results if you invest in the right painting tools for the job. Here are the top 7 painting tools to make your project a success!

  • High-Quality Brushes: Brushes are available in a wide range of prices, and believe us– you want to invest in high-quality brushes, even if they’re priced higher than you’d expect. If you buy cheaper brushes, you’ll find they leave bristle hairs in the paint, drip paint as you go, and leave streaks in your paint strokes. A high-quality brush holds more paint without dripping, allows you to cut in straighter edges, and won’t leave bristles behind in the paint. They’re also more comfortable to hold. Buy several angled and straight-cut brushes with tapered edges in a highly rated brand, and your project is already off to a great start.
  • High-Quality Roller Covers: The right size and type of paint roller is critical to the success of your painting project. Roller covers are made from three main types of material: lamb’s wool, synthetic fabric, and foam, all in varying levels of pile thickness, and ranging from 4” to 18” in length. Rollers allow you to cover vast amounts of wall space efficiently and evenly, so it’s important to buy high-quality roller covers in the right material, pile length, and size for your project.
  • Ladders: For most painting projects, you’ll use a ladder for at least part of the job. Don’t be tempted to stand on chairs or stools or make choices that just aren’t safe. If you’re just painting your bathroom, you might only need a step ladder, and if you’re painting your home’s exterior, you’ll likely need a 20’ or 40’ foot extension ladder, etc. The newer the ladder, the safer it likely is, and the lighter and easier to carry around it most certainly is.
  • Extensions: For some painting projects, you might not even need a ladder, especially if you have an extension pole on hand. With your brush or roller attached to an extension pole, you’ll be able to reach high corners, paint the ceiling, and, when paired with a ladder, coat vaulted entryways, tall peaks, and generally any area of your house you need to paint.
  • Putty Knife: Prep work is key in any painting project, and nothing prepares a wall better than a good putty knife. You’ll use a putty knife to spackle gashes, fill holes, help you patch plaster, scrape away old paint, and more. Depending on the type of project you have planned, you have two types of putty knife to choose from. A flexible blade is great for applying and smoothing over various compounds, and the hard, stiff blade is best for scraping paint and smoothing over wall coverings.
  • Painters Tape: Tape allows you to seal off areas that you don’t want to be painted, such as trim that you’ve already painted, or light fixtures, etc. Simple masking tape is not sufficient for this, and will allow paint to seep under its edges. Instead, invest in highly-rated painter’s tape, which creates a stronger seal around edges and allows you to do more detailed, careful work.
  • Drop Cloth: The best way to protect your flooring, a piece of furniture, or another item is to cover it with a drop cloth. If you use an old towel or other fabric you have lying around, it may allow paint to seep through. Good quality drop cloths are designed to protect the item beneath it from paint spatter, make cleanup go faster, and in general, ensure paint is only left on the surfaces you want it to go on.

The best painting tools and supplies will help your project go well. However, even the best supplies on the market won’t ensure a great painting job, and without the right experience, preparation, and training or research, it could end in disaster. Make it easy on yourself and trust your project to a great painting contractor! The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting company Jacksonville FL homeowners call on for their painting projects big and small, interior and exterior. Let our highly trained teams of specialists give your home the paint job you’re dreaming of. We’re known throughout Riverside Avondale, Mandarin, San Marco, Atlantic Beach, and Jacksonville for our high-quality work and attention to detail. We’d love to provide the same to you!

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