WHEN IT COMES TO PAINTING
TOOLS. SOME PEOPLE PREFER DISPOSABLE TOOLS WHILE OTHERS - value
traditional versions. The differences between the two are cost and
All-purpose brushes are made from a blend of polyester and nylon.
Brushes blended with hog or ox bristles should only be used with
oil-based paints. Your kit should include a 3” straightedged wall brush,
2” straightedged trim brush, and tapered sash brush. A good-quality
brush has a shaped handle, non-corrosive metal ferrule, and several
spacer plugs between bristles. Split (“flagged”) and tapered
(“chiseled”) bristle ends make clean edges.
TRAYS: Sturdy trays are a must. Disposable pan liners minimize cleanup, but
they are not substitutes for roller trays.
ROLLER FRAMES: Choose a well-balanced frame with nylon bearings and a
comfortable handle. Extensions are available for painting ceilings.
ROLLER COVERS: Most jobs can be done with 3/8" synthetic rollers. Special
corner roller covers allow you to paint corners without cutting in the
edges. Good-quality roller covers create an attractive finish without
leaving fibers in the paint.
CONTAINERS: Large and small containers simplil3r large projects. For large
projects, some paint manufacturers sell their paint in 5-gallon containers,
so you can paint straight from the container. If the paint you choose
doesn’t come in a container like this, you may want to buy one. For
cutting-in and touch-ups, small, easy-to-hold containers are a good idea.
BIT AND DRILL Stirring paint is extremely important The best way to stir
large amounts of paint is with a drill and special paint-mixing bit. These
bits ate easy to use and clean up quickly.
KIT: If your home was built before 1978, it’s critical that you test paint
before cleaning, sanding, or repainting it. Easy-to-use lead test kits are
available at home centers, hardware stores, and paint retailers everywhere.
If the test indicates the presence of lead, consult a lead abatement
specialist before starting any project.
Once you get to the chapters, you’ll notice there may be a red toolbox in
the Materials List. If you see that, it means you’ll need your toolbox with
all of the above tools in it for that particular project. There may be
additional tools needed that are specific to the project at hand, but having
this toolbox organized and at-hand will save a lot of time.