I carry an assortment of painting tools, or toys as I prefer to call them when doing a project. Below you’ll see a list of TOOLS and there uses. I've also mention a few items that aren't tools. The products described on the following page should help with your decorating needs. If on the other hand you are looking for other decorating solutions use the home page.

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A one inch wide putty knife is a good tool for carrying around. It works well for applying putty, filling small holes and scraping loose paint.
Small Olfa utility knifes are another toy I have in my side pocket. It's useful for cutting plastic and scratching hard to reach areas that have debris or peeling paint.
Years ago contractors used openers for their beer. Ever since the invention of the twist off, the only lid a brew cap lifter will see is that of a paint can.
A small screw driver is handy for removing electrical face plates. It also works well for scraping tight AREAS. You'll also need a larger size multi driver for removing ceiling fans and vent covers etc.
Some painters carry a 5&1 in there leg pouch. After cutting myself a few thousands times I went back to the putty knife. Excellent tool for getting the paint out of a ROLLER cover(sleeve).
I carry a small rag in my pocket. Its great for drips, or when CUTTING IN windows after having a little to much coffee.


If your doing more than a ROOM choose a cheaper tray. Otherwise buy trays that are strong ,sturdy and hold a paint liners. Small trays are good for wiz or speed rollers. A few companies are know building trays that lay nicely on the rung of an extension LADDER.
You can save old cans or buy from the store. Using any other container besides what the paint comes in when for cutting isn't advisable. Paint cans are made for coatings and work best when doing the job at hand.
Five gallon pails are a must when SPRAYING or spinning out a roller or BRUSH. Leave the lids on and stacked containers with a board straddled between makes a fine saw horses. When cleaned they’ll fit together for storage. Some painters use five gallon pails and grids for paint tray.


Masking machine or taping tools are great little invention. I use mine when I’m spraying. Six to eight inch wide paper with half inch tape works best.
Plastic works fine when you use it along with tape to cover items . In most cases I use old sheets I got for free from a local motel. The bed covers have weight and don’t move around like sections of plastic do.
Between ladders and drops I don't know which one I have stolen more. Canvas works best for floors because of there absorbency. When paint is spilled a drop cloth will keep the gooey mess from contaminating the FLOOR.
There’s just not enough room on this page to discus the multitude of tapes on the market. My preference would be the green painter type, yet I’ll use masking when I need stickiness. For more info on tape read the FAUX TOOLS section.
News, butchers, or masking paper are good for covering areas you don't want painted. Masking paper comes in different widths, use a size that’s best for you. Newsprint absorbs paint and butchers or waxed paper repels liquid quickly.


Sandpaper manufacturers make different types of product. I’ve yet to find a difference between low and high priced paper for small jobs. Sand paper that's more expensive lasts a longer for larger projects and dosen’t gum up as quickly. Eighty grit or less works to remove roughness but should be followed up with one hundred to one hundred and twenty grit. The higher the number on the back your scratching tool means more elbow grease with less surface marks. Use one hundred to one twenty for most sanding projects.
Wide razor scrapers work best for windows. Keep in mind blades for the older type yellow handled scrapers can be sharpened. New scrapers for the most part have deposable edges. I like both styles, one is less work the other, less money. You’ll have to decide for yourself
I own the grip with my hand type and the one that fits in your palm. I seldom use either. For most small areas a sponge sander works best. When a larger surface needs doing use a swivel pole sander.
Pole sanders come in nylon and metal. I have both and like the more expensive metal one best. It's heavier and seldom flips when sanding a wall. The nylon pole sander is for smaller jobs. Due to it being thredded I can attach an extension handle for tight areas like STAIR WELLS. Even so, I always hold near the base of the tool to keep from flopping the head and scuffing the walls.
I have had very little success using this tool for removing old paint. Wire brush work well for cleaning dirty paint tools that’s what I use mine for.


When using a mixer for paint or mud be sure your drill can handle the viscosity of your liquid. Of course if you’d like a new hand tool for your birthday disregard what I just said.
Placing a brush or sleeve onto a spinner will remove excess water from your freshly cleaned paint tool. There's nothing worse than using a dripping wet roller sleeve.
A grid will fit inside a five gallon pail and are used to remove excess liquid from the roller cover. I've cut grids, placed them in paint cans and attached a ladder hook, then I used a four inch wide cloth speed roller to paint fascia.
A hook will hold a cut can to an extension ladder. Their safer to use than fingers when brushing or rolling surfaces that are a fair distance from the ground.
The dripless caulk gun is the only way to go. Old style applicators work fine in most cases. These tools are the least effective when age makes you forget to release the pressure leaver. Messy, messy, messy.
I know, where suppose to fix the holes not make them. If your painting out side its a good idea to hammer nails back in. Inside you’ll see bumps or imperfections that need a light tapping. Once you’ve lowered raised areas use filler to fix the indents.


You’ll know when you need this little toy, it’s around the time your elbow feels like rope on fire.
If your in a hurry to get a job done drills work well when removing wall screws, and since you have the twisty tool out you might as well mix the paint and remove the switch plates.
I don’t use heat guns for removing paint due to the length of time it takes. I've used these fancy power blowers for mud filled holes when I‘m in a hurry. A blow dryer works best for drying patches, except for when I get to close to the wall and don’t move the blower around enough. My wife likes it when I do this she gets a new hair toy and I get her old hand me down.
Some painters I know swear by wallpaper steamers. I use a tray full of water and a paint roller. Without scoring the surface I roll a wet sleeve over the paper until it changes color, then I pull the vinyl and scrape with a six inch drywall knife. Wet wallpaper comes off fast. Don’t moisten or scrap the wall for to long a period of time. Proceed to another spot and return if you have to. Also, use folded drops below the working area to absorb spilled moisture.
I use to think the best pressure washer was the biggest one. Fifteen hundred PSI is more than enough for cleaning. To much pressure makes everything fly around and scar the surface. Smaller is better in this case. If the dirt won't come off with a good sprayer I’m sure it'll stay on after its painted.
If your going to texture wall buy the best hopper you can afford other wise you’ll be disappointed with the end result. Renting is probably the best way to go when splattering some mud on the walls.
Unless you have a very large compressor and a good blast hopper sand blasting can be a very tedious task. After doing my share of blasting jobs I know houses these out to others who are more noise and dust tolerant than I am.
Before you run out and buy one of those hand held plastic paint sprayers get your self a compressor and a cup sprayer. You'll be allot happier with the job.
I have never used a Wagner power roller. I do have a three hundred and seventy five dollar pro power roller and I hate It. Maybe a cheaper one works better but I have my droughts.


A fast and economical way for removing paint is with liquid paint removers. If your wanting to be environmentally friendly these types of products are not for you. Bound and determined to get rid of that old coating then use the jell type, It works the best.
The only time I wash a wall prior to painting is when it's greasy or has excessive dirt. If you need to clean a surface use dishwashing detergent. By reading the label on the box you'll likely see that it's made from TSP. Now your walls are clean enough to eat off of.
A glaze dilutes paint when doing a wall design technique. Surf on over to the faux section to learn about glazing and wall decorating ideas.


Hears a tip cut an old contact lens container in half. Put some putty inside twist the lid shut and put it in your pocket. When you come across an imperfection in the wall you won’t have to run around looking for the spackle. You can also use it for windows if you like.
Spackle comes in light weight and exterior. Both have there drawbacks. The outside type is to hard and can easly pop from a surface after only a few seasons. Inside spackle has a tendency to be visible even after numerous coats of paint.
Their are a multitude of different kinds of product to fill a hole. Buy the stuff you'd normally purchase from your local hardware store. For the average person mud is mud.
I'm very particular about the type of filler I buy. A quality painter covers interior and exterior black holes with a good caulking. Filling caverens big tall short or small separates a pro from what my friend calls the hoobie doobie contractor.


You can get masks for LATEX paint fumes and dust. My advise is to wear the paint fume style you'll get better protection but it'll cost you more.
You always know the old painter. He's the guy sitting on the step having a smoke, drinking a beer shaking like fool waiting for the lacquer fumes inside the house to die down. Applying stinky coatings please use a respirator.
If their's a chance of getting paint on your hands latex or otherwise it's always best to use a pair of gloves.
Desposable coveralls are cheap at the paint store. If you can go on all the rides at Disneyland the extra large size is the only one that'll fit you.
When applying products that are harmful to your health (ALKYD paint for example) use goggles. It won't stop you from feeling like somebody threw salt in your face but you'll keep the crap in the can from migrating to your peepers.


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