Photo Gallery: Painting Tools and Techniques

Many paints and finishes can be applied using whichever tool you prefer, although some have more specific needs. Tool choice is also governed by the size and roughness of the surface, and the accuracy needed.
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Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

How to Hold a Paint Brush

Hold the brush with your fingers at the top of the ferrule, or lower for a large brush.

How to Load a Paint Brush

Dip the bristles into the paint to one-third of the bristle length.

How to Apply Paint With a Brush

Apply the paint roughly to distribute the paint from the loaded brush.

What Kind of Stroke to Use With a Paint Brush

Using random strokes, allowing only the very tips of the bristles to glide across the freshly painted surface.

Using a Brush to Coat a Door

Paint each section separately. Take time to lay off the paint carefully, then cut in accurately along the construction joints for a neat finish.

Using a Brush to Cut in a Corner

A straight line between two areas of paint, especially a junction between surfaces enhances the finish of a room.

Using a Brush on Decorative Woodwork

Carefully cut into the junction between the woodwork and adjoining surface.

How to Pour Paint Into a Tray

Pour paint carefully into the tray reservoir, keeping the paint below the point where the ribbed section of the tray begins.

How to Load a Paint Roller

Use the ribbed section of the paint tray to collect paint. Do not submerge roller into the paint.

How to Load a Paint Roller

Use the ribbed section of the paint tray to evenly distribute paint around the roller sleeve.

How to Apply Paint With a Roller

Apply paint by rolling up and down then “lay off” the paint with the roller.

How to Prep a Paint Sprayer

Pour paint into the sprayer reservoir.

How to Assemble a Paint Sprayer

Use manufacturer’s instructions to assemble the sprayer.

How to Test a Paint Sprayer

Use a scrap sheet of paper to test the spray flow and adjust as needed. Turn the knob to adjust flow.

How to Paint With a Sprayer

Spray back and forth over the surface. Apply a thin coat, allow to dry, then add more coats until you achieve good coverage.

How to Use a Paint Pad

Dip the pad into the paint, then use the ribbed section of the paint try to remove the excess.

How to Apply Paint Using a Paint Pad

Apply paint to the wall surface with an up-and down motion.

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