Brush & Roller Kits

Create a practical paint kit with the following items to simplify and organize your next painting job. A common painting kit includes a drop cloth, paint thinner, patching paste, a multi-purpose paint tool, painter’s tape, paintbrushes, rollers, a paint tray, an optional tray liner, primer, a putty knife, coveralls or old clothes, and lastly, a paint can opener. You may think, “Why use a special tool to open my paint can when I have a flathead screwdriver here now?” If you use a butter knife or a flathead, you can damage the paint lid and prevent an air-tight seal. This will ruin your leftover paint and minimize your investment. Purchasing extra painter’s tape may save you a second trip to the store. Having a few extra rollers and an assortment of paintbrushes can help you tackle all locations. An extension bar is essential for vaulted walls and painting ceilings. It also lets you stand away from the wall which will prevent paint spatters from wrecking your clothes. Wear a painting pair of coveralls or some old clothes for every painting project. Old shoes too! The paint kit commonly includes a paint tray or roller tray. These come with disposable (or reusable if you clean them properly) liners. If you are going to paint a large location, include a 5-gallon bucket and a screen grid to remove extra paint from the roller. A multi-purpose paint tool is an essential paint kit item. It can be used for pulling nails, cleaning caulking, applying glaze or putty, cleaning paint roller covers, driving nails and for scraping paint. Lastly, don’t forget your safety goggles, especially if you are painting overhead or applying spackle. No one wants chemicals and paint in their eyes. Paintbrush Selections Choosing your paintbrushes carefully can save your entire project. If you are using latex paint, choose synthetic-bristle brushes or nylon brushes. If you will be working with varnishes, stains and oil-based paints, pick natural bristle brushes instead. There are a variety of paint roller covers that are available in numerous textures and naps. Rely on shorter naps for smooth surfaces, unless you wish to apply a texture to the wall. And use longer naps for textured areas like stucco. Instead of working out of the heavy paint can directly, use a paint pot instead. This is better than dipping your brush into the can repeatedly, which can introduce fuzz and a host of contaminants. Pour some paint into your lightweight paint pot, designed wider than the regular paint can. Dip half of the paintbrush bristles into the paint to “load” your paintbrush. Hold your paintbrush up at an angle to prevent dripping. As you apply paint, the friction from the wall will draw paint from the paintbrush. Best Painting Tips and Tricks Here is a stir stick tip! Drill holes in your paint stick, which helps to completely mix the paint. Avoid a common issue known as “hat-banding,” which occurs when you use a paintbrush for cutting and a roller to paint the rest. If you do not roll close enough to the ceiling, you will notice a different texture between the trim and the ceiling. Get your paint roller in as close to the cut-in areas as you can to prevent this issue. And lastly, if you want to stop a half-empty can of paint from drying out, drop old golf balls into the can to fill any air space.

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