Quality Painting That Lasts
Quality Painting That Lasts
The Painting Process
Many people start their painting project by heading to the
paint store to pick up color chips to try find that perfect
color for their painting project. But once you have the
colors, what tools and equipment will you need for the job.
There are literally thousands of types of brushes and rollers
not to mention all the little tools for painting.  Which ones
should you buy? You don’t really want to go to the
hardware store and buy one of everything – that would
cost a small fortune. As a painting professional, I can tell
you that my work van is not packed to the gills with
painting tools and equipment. There are a select group of
tools that we use for painting over and over again.  Once
you have these, you’re ready to start painting.
Painting Tools
Paint Brush.  

just as many types of paint brushes as there are different types of paint. So for
simplicity's sake, since you the home owner will most likely be using Latex paints, lets
talk about latex paint brushes. Thats right, a latex paint brush. Sure you can go to the
paint store and buy that .99 cent paint brush, but you will find that when it gets
loaded with paint the tips will swell and the brush will become floppy. What you are
looking for is a "firm" latex paint brush. Usually these brushes are a Nylon/Polyester
blend of bristles. And speaking of bristles, the thicker the better. A thick brush, in
width, means that it has more bristles than a thin brush. What this means is that the
paint brush will hold more paint, and you wont have to dip and reload your brush as
much. Buy an angle sash brush for cut in work and a straight sash for your side to
side and up and down painting.
Putty Knife.

What a putty knife? What do you need one of these for? Well as a painter, this little
tool comes in quite handy. A putty knife is excellent for scraping off loose paint, lids
off, knocking down wall texture that is too high, lifting popping nail out of the wall and
a bunch of other uses. Now you would think that a putty knife is a putty knife, but
there are all kinds of these. The one pro painters use over and over again are the 1.5
inch flexible putty knifes. Stick one of these in your painter pants, and you'll be
surprised at how many times you'll find yourself pulling it out of your pocket.
Paint Roller Frame.
Same thing here as with a brush. You would think that you could go to the
paint store and grab a 1.99 paint roller frame and it would work just great.
The problem with the cheap roller frames is the gage of the metal bar that
runs from the handle to the roller. Notice how thick the metal is in the roller
frame that is pictured? Thats what you want. When you are rolling your
walls, it will be stiff and enables you to apply even coats of paint. The
cheap roller frames use small gage metal that will be floppy when you
press on it against your wall. A roller cover that isn't still will leave lap lines
on your walls. You will have to re-roll these areas to level out the paint.
Buy a reasonably priced quality roller frame, clean it well after using, and it
will last you for several projects.
Caulking Gun

as far as quality goes. The main thing that you are looking for when buying
a caulking gun, is that you want to buy one that has a "no-drip" trigger. Do
not buy a caulking gun that does not have a no-drip trigger. What the
squeezing the trigger - if you don't have a no-drip trigger, the caulking just
keeps oozing out. A word of advise, if you are painting, buy "paintable"
caulking. You can NOT paint over silicone caulking.
Roller Covers.

If you are painting walls, or siding, the typical roller cover that you will use
is a 9" inch roller cover. Roller covers come in thicknesses. Generally, the
heavier the texture that you are painting over the thicker the roller cover
you will want to buy. A roller cover that you will be using on light interior
texture would be a 3/8"inch roller cover (maybe a 1/2"). For exterior
painting, the 3/4" inch roller covers work well. The trick to using a roller on
the roller cover until that roller cover is bone dry before they reload it.
Don't do this! This lead to uneven paint distribution on the wall. Keep the
roller cover loaded and lightly. You want smooth even coats of paint.
Paint Extension Pole.

have to. A paint pole saves your back lots and lots of motions. Without a paint
pole, you will be bending over to dip your roller into the paint tray/bucket, then
climbing up the ladder to roll the upper part of the wall and then hunching over to
roll the lower part of the wall. Do you back a favor and buy a simple, nothing fancy,
paint extension pole. Tip: a broom handle will work just fine.

exterior surfaces on you home. For the typical ranch style home, with 8" foot
ceilings, you will most likely only need a little 4' foot ladder. For exterior surfaces
on most houses, you will need a 24' foot extension ladder. Ladders are rated for
weight. Read the label on the ladder to determine the correct usage. You don't
want to fall off of one of these.
Bucket & Roller Screen

Pro painters use a 5 gallon paint bucket and a roller screen. This is much
easier than using a paint tray. Paint trays do not hold very much paint and they
are very prone to spilling. The added benefit to using a bucket over a tray is
that at the end of the day you can put a lid on the bucket and then start where
you left off the next day.
One Gallon Paint Bucket
Save one of your one gallon paint buckets for your cut in work. You will
need one of these for every color you use. Fill each bucket up with about
1/4" to 1/2" inch of paint in the bottpm pf the bucket. You are putting such
a small amount of paint in the bucket because it makes the bucket easier
to carry - its not as heavy. Also, less paint in the bucket will not coat your
brush to the hilt if you drop your brush in the bucket. Having less paint in
the bucket also saves you from spilling it.  

You will need sand paper, but for interior work a sanding Sponge is ideal.
They work well in interior trim, door frames, window sills, ruff wall surfaces
sanding sponges because they last the longest. For bigger sanding jobs, both
for interior and exterior, sand paper and an electric palm sander help save
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