Tips & Tools
Wall painting tips and tools to make your project easier.
Brushes & Rollers,
Paint Trays, Masking
Tape, Sandpaper, Scraper
Ladder, Drop Clothes,
Eye Protection Gear
Preparation is the key to any successful painting project.
Begin by removing as much furniture as possible from the room. Use drop cloths to cover the floor and any remaining furniture. While plastic is ideal for furniture, canvas drop cloths absorb paint, are not slippery, will not move, and can be
Next, remove any pictures, mirrors, window treatments, and electrical/light switch plates. Loosen the ceiling plates of hanging light fixtures and cover the fixtures. Because surface dirt can cause poor adhesion, use a light detergent to wash surfaces that are soiled, that are touched often, or that may have any oily residue from cooking. Take care not to leave any residue from the detergent. Wash doors and trim, particularly where they are handled. After they are clean, wipe surfaces with a damp cloth and allow them to dry before painting.
Pen, Crayon, and Water Stains
Use a liquid detergent to remove as much of the markings left by pens, crayons, and water stains as possible, and wipe with clean water.
Glossy Surfaces and Imperfections
To ensure proper adhesion, sand glossy surfaces with fine sandpaper. Be sure to remove sanding dust. Vacuum surfaces clean and wipe with a tack cloth. Examine floor, wall, and ceiling surfaces for nail holes, cracks, or any other surface imperfections. Use a putty knife to rake out any large plaster cracks or loose particles in your walls and ceilings.
Firmly press spackling compound into crevices with a putty knife and smooth until the compound is flush with the surface. To fill mitered trim joining (which are open) and door or window trim that is separated from your wall, press the compound into the crevices, and smooth it with your finger. Allow it to dry and then sand lightly. Because patching compound shrinks when it dries, it is often necessary to apply the compound a second time after the first coat has dried
Use a putty knife to remove any loose or scaling paint. When you remove paint from walls or ceilings, sand paint edges to ensure a smooth surface. This will marry the two levels of paint so the edges will not be noticed when it is re-coated. When removing paint from the sash, trim, or doors, use a fine sandpaper to sand the entire surface.
Using the right painting tools will ensure optimum results when it comes to painting any room in your home. You’ve chosen just the right colors for the room you’d like to paint, but are not sure of the painting tools to use to get that professional look. Here you’ll find all of the information you need to make any painting project go more smoothly and get excellent results.
Paint Surface Preparation Tools
Surface preparation is crucial in painting interiors. It is essential to have a dry, clean, obstruction-free surface before you start to paint. Here are the tools you’ll need:
Screwdriver: to remove all outlet and switch covers
Painter’s tape: to place on trims, baseboards, uncovered outlets and switches, and any other surface that needs protection from paint stains
Paint scraper: to remove cracked or peeling paint and to apply caulking compound or putty to cracks, nail holes, and other surface depressions
Steel wool / Wire brush : to remove grime and old paints or stains from raw wood
Sandpaper: to smooth out imperfections, sags, drips, or runs on walls or other surfaces
Damp cloth: to wipe clean surfaces to be painted after using steel wool or sandpaper
• Used to cut in and out of smaller and more detailed areas, including trims, corners, and edges.
• Brushes are small and flexible – they work well when controlling paint.
• Also used to create a textured effect with brushstrokes.
• Nylon or polyester brushes are perfect for latex (water-based) paints.
• Natural brushes are good for oil-based paints, varnishes, and stains.
• Paintbrush sizes: A1- to 2-inch brush is ideal for small spaces, tight trim areas, touchups, and detail work. A 2.5- to 3-inch brush is perfect for trim and corner work, and the larger 4- to 5-inch brush is recommended for larger areas like walls or side paneling.
• Paint rollers make painting go more quickly, but should be used only for painting walls, ceilings, and other large, flat surfaces. They can be used to apply both latex and oil-based paints and stains and do a fine job with both gloss and semi-gloss coatings.
• Paint roller sizes: The standard roller length is 9 inches. For smaller areas, a 4-inch or 7-inch roller cover may be used. For larger areas like walls, ceilings, and floors, 14-inch and 18-inch rollers will get the job done more quickly
Here’s a comprehensive list of painting tools and supplies you’ll need to give your interior a gorgeous and lasting paint makeover:
• Primer and paint
• Paint brushes and paint rollers
• Paint paddles
• Roller trays
• Mineral spirits/solvents (to clean up oil-based paint)
• Drop cloths or tarps and cleaning cloths
• Caulking gun, putty knife, and caulk/joint compound
• Steel wool, wire brush
• Tack cloth
• Painter’s tape