Don’t you just love that 60s disco-turquoise color next to that groovy bathroom tile? How about that baby-girl pink that someone painted onto those bedrooms walls? ….No? Well, good news— we have your back.
We’re covering the who/what/why on the best painting tools for those of us who are all about DIY.
- 1 Common Painting Mistakes
- 2 Best Painting Tools to Use
- 3 For the Pros…
- 4 Don’t Forget About the Clean-up
- 5 Have Fun Painting!
Do not underestimate the amount of time painting takes! Other than the right painting tools, you’ll also need commitment, patience, and perseverance. Before buying painting tools, and starting the project, make sure to learn more about common mistakes you need to avoid.
Common Painting Mistakes
- Not moving or covering your furniture
As much of a big task as this may be, and while it may even sound trivial… you would be surprised how many people forget or skip this step, only to spill paint on their luxury couch or expensive mattress.
- Buying cheap brushes
All brushes are not equal. If you buy cheap paint brushes, the bristles can easily come off and shed into the paint without you even noticing. It is definitely worth the extra cash to invest in some quality brushes.
- Not using primer
Using primer will help your actual paint better reveal itself. In addition, knowing the different types of paint as well as is vital. Otherwise, you could be painting 4 or more coats in order to get that color you loved at the hardware store.
- Not using a drop cloth
Painting is a messy business. And don’t say, “it’s just one wall”. That’s how paint ends up in your hair. Be strict about using your drop cloth.
- Not using paint tape
Paint tape is often put on the ceiling or floor along the edge, so you can paint fast and cleanly.
- Painting aimlessly
Having a solid painting strategy can make a big difference especially when you are sitting there trying to remember how many coats you’ve done…
Best Painting Tools to Use
Now that you can avoid some mistakes, we’ve also laid out some of the easiest painting tools you can use when trying to go about this fun task by yourself.
They are all easy to use and not too hard on the wallet.
What the heck are those??
Glad you asked. A paint spout is a piece of plastic that’s made to snap onto the rim of your paint can. Pour the paint into the tray or bucket, not onto the floor.
Spouts also prevent paint from spilling down the sides of your can. There is nothing worse than picking up a paint can at the end of a long day of work, only to find a beautifully painted circle on your floor…
A Wonder Bucket
These give you the ability to keep everything in one place in a neat way. With the wonder bucket, you don’t have to pour and fill your paint into a messy tray.
There are a lot of pros to using a wonder bucket over a paint tray. For example, you save multiple gallons of paint, no need to repetitively refill… and you don’t have to worry about paint spills.
The biggest advantage: They are extremely portable! In fact, often the professionals prefer the wonder bucket over a tray.
Paint Touch Up Pen
These are absolute life savers. Imagine yourself finishing the job, cleaning everything up, and standing there to admire your job well done only to find that minuscule, white spot in the corner that you didn’t spot 2 hours ago. UGH! How frustrating.
Well, now imagine being to simply break out a touch up pen to fill that spot like a coloring book. Easy peasy.
Telescoping Roller Pole
Unless you are a professional basketball player, you are probably going to need some sort of lengthening tool to help you reach every top inch of your wall. You could use a ladder, or you could stay on the ground and use a roller pole!
These handy devices are cheaply found in hardware stores, are reusable, and awesome for those of us who are vertically challenged. Not to mention that they save you a lot of time and give your arm a rest, allowing you to reach from the floor to the ceiling in one swoop.
Why paint when you can spray?
Yet another tool to help you save time: the sprayer. While you definitely have to be careful that you don’t spray yourself (practice outside the house first, that’s our pro tip), a paint sprayer can save you time and help you become a more accurate painter.
Covering a large area with the same amount of paint per every square inch prevents headaches when it comes to hiding brush marks and reaching impossible crevices.
This painting tool is especially helpful if your paint job is a large one. Cover several rooms in half the time.
Door Hinge Mask
These help solve the age old problem of having to take off door hinges before painting.
Don’t bother trying to cut the perfect tape cover over your door hinge when door hinge masks exist! Since they go around $7.50 for 20 masks, it sounds like a bargain!
Especially if you are painting multiple rooms, door hinge masks are a must. They are made of nonporous, laminated material that is protective, but easy to take off at the end of the job.
Don’t underestimate the power of the small brush.
You definitely can’t get through one job, with just one size brush. Spend the money and invest in different sizes and some smaller brushes.
They help for touch ups as well as for getting into all those fun little nooks and crannies. Plus, they are inexpensive and can be found at about a dollar a pop!
Often corners are hard to to get into, and worse, when you do, things don’t go smoothly. It can leave things a bit uneven with the rest of the surfaces.
Much like small brushes, corner rollers help you with the tricky process of getting in those small crevices.
With this painting tool, you can literally cut corners!
Whoever invented those annoying wire handles on paint cans should be fired! They get messy and are hard to pick up, as they are so small.
Can claws help save you from the discomfort of wire handles and avoid the paint drip that comes with dipping your brush in the bucket over and over again.
For the Pros…
If you are past the beginner level and looking to up your game, we also found some helpful painting tools for the professional painter.
This painting tool is often forgotten but it is really useful. It’s essentially a square piece of thin plastic. Really, it’s more guide than guard. You just take it and press it up against the wall. It gives you some space to make mistakes, as it protects the surface on the other side.
If you don’t already have one, grab one and take the frustration out of painting near trim that’s a different color than the wall.
While this tool may be a little on the pricier side, it could be worth it if you find yourself painting often and handling large jobs.
This tool helps you line up paper and tape properly, which we all know can be a hugely painful task!
It’s also really nice to have for touching up your work.
Forget the paint tape! This handy little tool allows you to paint the edges of a wall easily, cleanly, accurately and FAST!
It paints in one, straight, beautiful line. You just fill it up with a bit of paint and you’re off.
If you are a professional, you perhaps can find yourself painting pipes often, which is why you may need a tool like this.
This weird looking roller is actually five smaller paint rollers, which allows you to get around a cylindrical surface. It bends with the curved surface it is pressed against.
Don’t Forget About the Clean-up
You’re finally done – but not quite.
Now you’ve got to clean up everything. And no matter how tired you are, that paint is going to be much harder to deal with if it’s dried onto your tools.
Make sure you’ve got the right cleaner for the tools you’ve used. There are a bunch of commercial cleaners, but the cheapest one might be as close as the kitchen: vinegar. Give that a try on your next painting project.
Have Fun Painting!
We’ve covered it all: things to look out for, painting tools, and advice for painters of all shapes, sizes, and levels.
Whether it’s your first time trying a painting project or your 50th, it never hurts to get new info.
Contact us if you have any questions on these tools or need help choosing your painting tools. We are always happy to help!