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For a professional look, always use the right paint tools.
Materials and Tools:
paint roller covers
paint roller frames
plastic tray liner
5-gallon paint bucket with roller grid
Cover floors and furnishings with clean, heavy-canvas drop cloths; old sheets and light-weight plastic will not block paint spatters; drop cloth comes in 4- to 12-ounce weights
A tack cloth is a varnish-impregnated, open-mesh cloth that picks up and holds loose dirt, dust, lint, etc.; use it to clean surfaces and to remove dust after sanding
All-purpose blue painter's tape is rated for interior painting; you can also get specialty tapes for glass, wood, stucco, brick, tile, and lacquer
Tip: Smooth bubbles and creases out of painter's tape with a plastic credit card.
A masking dispenser is an automatic tool that will help you save time. It will ensure a tight seal around edges and trim.
A good quality, wide scraping blade removes loose paint as well as other material on wall or ceiling.
Sand walls and patches first with medium grit, then finish with fine grit.
A sanding sponge coated with abrasive grit lasts longer than sandpaper and molds itself around the object being sanded; great for trim and carved woodwork
Using a power sander to sand old paint will remove even more loose paint and give a smooth, new surface. Wear a dust mask when sanding old paint. Power sanders can also be used on new or old wood surfaces.
Tip: Before sanding, test paint chip for lead; if paint is lead-based paint, DO NOT SAND
Use trisodium phosphate to clean the walls.
A good quality, dripless caulking gun saves time and gives neater seals in cracks and seams
Heavy-duty ladders are much more stable and safer than light-weight models; add ladder levelers and stabilizers for more safety. Make sure your ladder is rated for your weight.
Premium quality brushes last much longer than cheap models and make all the difference in paint results. For latex, use premium synthetic bristles, like polyester or nylon. For edges and trim, 2-inch, angled brush gives cleanest line
Wetting the brush makes latex paint adhere better.
Instead of cleaning brushes during short delays, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and store in freezer
When it comes to paint roller covers, use only nap recommended by paint manufacturer. The narrower the nap, the smoother the paint surface.
Roller frames range from 3 to 16 inches in width; use narrower rollers for small spaces, wider rollers for large areas
Extension poles make painting high areas safer and quicker because you won’t need a ladder. Choose the proper length for the room.
Tip: A positive locking pole easier to use than a threaded broomstick.
Paint roller trays work well for small jobs; for large areas use a 5-gallon paint bucket with a roller grid.
Use ladder-lock legs to snap tray onto ladder.
To save paint and simplify cleaning, use plastic tray liners.
To clean paint out of bristles, run paintbrush comb through brushes