How-to guide for basic painting tools

Handling simple maintenance jobs yourself will save you from calling a professional. These guidelines will help give you the know-how when it comes to basic painting projects.

Guide for basic painting tools
How-to guide for basic painting tools

Painting and scraping tools

  1. Paint roller pan, sleeve and frame. Choose a professional-quality roller sleeve. A medium nap is the best choice for most surfaces. The roller frame should spin smoothly.
  2. Paint roller extension pole. A threaded pole will allow you to paint ceilings and walls without a ladder.
  3. Drywall tools. With 15- and 20-centimetre (six- and eight-inch) taping blades, you can feather on subsequent layers of drywall compound for smooth patches on walls and ceilings.
  4. Paint pads. A wall pad is 15 to 25 centimetres (six to 10 inches) wide; an edge pad is narrower and suitable for trim. Pads apply paint evenly and work faster than brushes but slower than rollers.
  5. Putty knife. A flexible blade spreads and smooths wood putty and filler, glazing and spackling compounds, patching plaster and other similar materials. The type with a stiff blade scrapes away paint, glue and wallcoverings.
  6. Sanding block. A block holds abrasive sheets and makes sanding much easier than using a piece of sandpaper alone. Several types are available.
  7. Caulk gun. This tool holds a tube of caulk. To fill holes and seal cracks with caulk, squeeze the trigger; the bar will exert pressure on a disk, pushing material out of the tube.

Using these guidelines will help you tackle basic painting projects yourself, without calling a professional.

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