Possessing the suitable tools allows you to finish your task faster and thereby, saving your time. We will start with 28 must-have painting tools. Let’s see what the most essential paint equipment is.
1. Paint Can Opener
Probably a must-have. If you want to complete your work quickly, a paint can opener is your very first need.
Paint can openers are used for a quick pop-up of the pressed in lids of paint cans.
Are you pondering about buying a tool just to open your paint? We understand you, so don’t worry! You don’t have to buy a paint opener separately. Instead, try using a 6-in 1 painter. Combining tools will relieve you from the task of remembering what to bring and what not. And next time, you won’t have a headache to find the tool to open the lid of a paint can ever again!
2. Tape Measure
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3. Blue Painter’s Tape
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4. Drop Cloths
Before painting, the first thing you do is to examine the surface. Don’t make the foolish mistake of painting while being ignorant of whatever you’re painting on! You will surely notice that most of the primers leave an irregular texture on the surface, rendering the painting work downright impossible or super difficult. This is where the sandpaper comes in. As the name suggests, sandpapers sand your painting surface down for a smoother and easier painting experience.
You can to use #80 to #220 grit sandpapers, depending on where you want to paint (and how you want it to be), by applying light pressure on the surface.
Primer is not a required step. However, its value is too huge for us to overlook. As you may all know, primers are the white and thick paint that you apply to the surface before painting actual colors on. You maybe thinking “Why the hard work? Just directly paint the wall!”. I understand that at this point, you really want to pick up the brush and become the artist of your own home, but bear with me for a second!
Primer helps you prepare the surface, allowing the finishing paint to bind the wall better. Some primers also protect the walls, especially if the material you’re painting on is not water-resistant. Quite important here, isn’t it?
Furthermore, you should use primer to enhance the uniformity of your painting, hide faults or unneeded lines, and to reduce the number of layers.
7. Stir Stick
Forget to mix colors before painting? You are making the biggest mistakes of all times! It is high time to use the stir stick and swirl your painting colors, or else, you will be disappointed with the result.
Asking why? I will answer that for you. Oils in the paint differ from oils in the can, so your painting would be inconsistent if you don’t mix it. And I can guarantee that no one wants to paint the wall with such inconsistency!
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8. Pouring Spout
9. Small Bucket Of Paint
A small pail is essential for painting work. When you’re up on a ladder painting the outside trims, it’s not easy to move down to get the color or the primer, let alone carrying a large bucket during work.
Small pail is, of course, small and light, so problem solved. In addition, small pail not only makes it easier for you to paint on the edges but also helps you complete your painting ideas. These containers of small size cups usually come with handles for quick handling.
10. Paint Roller Tray
Pouring the paint in would require a roller tray. The 9-inch scale is the most common roller tray. You can also use a 7-inch roller, if that’s your preferences. Some trays come with hooks that enable you to connect them to a ladder directly.
The trays are washable and robust. My recommendation is that you should choose some recycled plastic tray liners to ease the cleaning process.
11. Tray Liner
Some people would say the tray liners aren’t needed -well, suit themselves. To me, tray liner is invaluable.
Cleaning up is easier with tray liner, and I think at least some of you out there would hate cleaning as much as I do, right? You can pour all leftover color back into your tray and then remove the liner without removing the color off your tray. This is critical since mixed or drying paint will destroy the paint job in a tray.
Uncleaned trays will fail your painting and change your desired result. How awful is that! After spending so much effort to finish your work of art, boom! Disappear because of some uncleaned trays? Well, not me, because I have my favorite tray liner!
12. Screw-on Extension Pole Roller
13. Roller Cover
The roller cover is a paint application tool. We find the 3⁄8-inch nap roller is a better fit for indoor painting, and the 3⁄4-inch nap is more suitable for outdoor spray. The 3⁄4-inch is thicker and more flexible than the 3⁄8-inch and is ideal for pressing the paint onto rugged surfaces.
Washing the roller is essential. Well, if that is a pain in the neck, then feel free to buy a new one every time you paint. Oil-based paint is usually the safest. Oil-based colors can be cleaned with water and soap. Like the rolling tray, when washing them, it’s vital to get all the paint out of the rollers to avoid mixing with the next color.
14. Paint Sprayer
15. Flat Brush (Two Or Three Inch)
Flat brushes, including door frames and floorboards, are often used on flat surfaces. Trust me, you don’t want to slice a roller into the walls! Flat brushes would take care of this!
The two or three-inch flat brush will be your best assistant when painting the bottom of the wall. It is also large enough to perfectly fill up the paint line.
16. Angled Paint Brush (Two Or Three Inch)
17. Hole Filler
19. Stak Racks
21. A Tool For Edging
Ah, edge! Painting the edge is such a pain. Alright, I’m willing to listen to your complaints all day. However, it’s unnecessary when there is a tool for edging right next to you, isn’t it?
By utilizing such tools, with only little experience, you can easily paint the straight lines in no time. It may also be used for side frames such as moldings, doors, walls, ceiling, and so on.
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22. Heat Gun
23. Step Ladder
24. Vacuum (Wet / Dry)
25. Paint Removal Strippers
Old paint layers? Just that, huh? No worry, I will paint new colors on and the old paint will disappear without a trace. If you’re thinking like that, don’t cry when the moment you apply new colors on, what appears before your eyes is nowhere near what you expect. Removing the old paint is a must, and you need to remove it by using apaint stripper. This will make the new paint much more natural and beautiful.
While painting, if you make a mistake, use a paint stripper to scrape it away.
26. Work Gloves And Boots
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27. Work Light
28. Marker Pen Or A Pencil
When you use the right tools for your project, you will realize that not only they help you finish your task faster, but they will also yield the better result.
Why don’t you prepare the 28 must-have painting tools (with pictures) in here and create a great artwork by yourself now?
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I am Peter Levick, with over 10 years of experience in the home improvement industry, I have become a seasoned expert in painting and paint sprayers. Through numerous DIY projects, I have developed a keen eye for aesthetics and a deep understanding of the technical aspects involved. My expertise extends to various paint sprayer systems, and I stay updated with the latest advancements. I bring a meticulous approach to every project, ensuring stunning and durable results. Clients can trust in my craftsmanship and commitment to delivering exceptional work.