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First, let me say that I don’t hesitate to call in a professional painter. I’ve worked with some great ones here in Durham, but sometimes property owners want to paint themselves, so if you do, here is a comprehensive list of tools to keep on hand to get your next paint job done right.
Short Nap Roller Sleeve. A quarter inch nap sleeve will work for most every job, it’s deep enough to hold the paint, but does not create a funky texture.
Roller Cage. Invest in a higher-quality cage that will hold the roller sleeve in place.
Paint Tray. This can be plastic or metal, with care a metal tray will last for a long time.
Sharpie Permanent Marker. Not an obvious choice, but so helpful for many things, like labeling paint cans and touch kits and making wet paint signs.
Pencil. Use for making notes and labeling paint samples on the wall.
Scissors. Another surprise entry, but so helpful for cutting plastic and tape and opening packages.
Spackle. This is the essential repair for small nail holes and cracks. It is not meant of large holes. Spackle should be spot covered with primer before repainting.
Small Spackle Knife. A flexible 1¼ inch blade is the most versatile.
Nylon or Synthetic Bristle Trim Brush. Include a good-quality 2½ inch brush for painting trim and cutting in walls and ceilings.
Nylon or Synthetic Bristle Sash Brush. Use this for painting straight lines at the edge of window panes and trim.
Six-in-One-Tool. This workhorse tool can be used to scrape surface, loosen debris, clean paint off of rollers and even open paint cans.
Painter’s Tape. Invest in the good kind. Use it to keep paint off of surfaces that should not be painted. You can even use it to make stripes and other patterns.
Caulk and Caulk Gun. Look for a paintable caulk, such as 25-year siliconized acrylic caulk to use fill in cracks and seams.
Screwdriver. Keep a Phillips head screwdriver and a flat head screwdriver handy for removing hardware and electrical plates. I love this handy all-in-one number.
Six-inch Compound Blade. These are great for smoothing out small imperfections on walls and skim coating plaster.
Mask. Keep some masks on hand for sanding and cleaning to keep dust and debris out of your nose and mouth..
Sanding Blocks. These squishy square blocks are great for smoothing surfaces, be sure to include heavy, medium and fine grades for different jobs.
Even the hardest jobs are easier with the right tools. Happy painting!