Before you even pick up a paintbrush, ensure your DIY kit is topped up with these essential tools for painting. While there are some obvious inclusions (hello, brushes and rollers!), there may be a few items you didn’t know were necessary. Whether you’re a DIY newbie or a seasoned painting pro, these are the essential tools you’ll need to succeed.
Canvas Drop Cloths:
Yes, cotton drop cloths definitely cost more than their plastic counterparts. But by investing in cloth the first time around, you’ll have these furniture/floor-savers for a lifetime of painting projects.
A good paint job is all in the prep work. Taking the time to fill nail holes and patch scratches is key to a beautifully painted room. Dap Drydex (237 mL, $4.76, The Home Depot) is a user-friendly filler that goes on pink but dries white. Now you’ll know exactly when the patches are ready to paint.
Putty in Your Hand
One of the most essential tools of painting has nothing to do with paint. Use the humble 2.5-inch putty knife to fill holes, open paint cans, or remove extra-sticky painting tape. This multipurpose tool is a must.
Sand It to Me
Rather than faffing around with different sandpapers, pick up a fine-grain sanding sponge. It’s easier to use and can be wetted down to cut back on dust.
Moving On Up
This will be the priciest piece in your painting starter kit. But an aluminum or fibreglass ladder is well worth the money. Look for a style with plenty of places to secure all your new essential tools.
Caught On Tape
Taping up baseboard edges, light switches and power outlets can be a tedious job. But for a drip-free finish, it’s absolutely necessary. Tip: Check how long the tape will stay on before it loses its adhesiveness.
Quality Paint Brushes:
Using high-quality brushes from the get-go will save you headaches (and disappointing results). A 2.5-inch angled brush is ideal for trim and cutting in.
Just Roll with It
Rollers with a synthetic core and 3/8-inch nap will get almost any job done. Also pick up an extension pole that can reach the top of walls and ceiling.
Plastic Roller Tray:
Bypass metal roller trays and wasteful plastic inserts, and choose a hard-plastic tray instead. Latex paint will wash right off and it’ll last you a lifetime.
Wash It All Away
Paint Brush Cleaner:
Since you’ve hunted down these essential tools, it only makes sense to take good care of them. Pick up a paint-brush cleaner to keep bristles ready for your next painting project.