Painting Tools

Here's an item checklist:

To smooth out uneven surfaces.

Sanding block
To wrap the sandpaper around.

For cleaning spills and brushes with oil-based paint.

Cleaning rags
For wiping surfaces clean before painting and cleaning up any spills.

Masking tape
To protect light switches, sockets and surfaces from accidental paint splashes.

Use special drop cloths, plastic sheeting or old newspapers to protect floors or furniture.

Handy for removing peeling paint.

Or similar tool for prising the lid off the paint.

Brushes and rollers
Recommended are a 3-inch flat brush, a half-inch brush for narrow frames, a small angled brush for corners and around wall features and a roller with extra sleeves and a pole extension for high ceilings.

Paint roller tray
For storing the paint and draining the roller (it’s important not to overload the roller so that you don’t drip paint).

Wall putty or spackle
To patch up cracks or holes in walls before painting.

Filling or putty knife
For pushing putty or spackle into cracks and holes.

Sponge and squeegee mop
Use the sponge to wash down walls and the mop for ceilings.

Use buckets or tubs to soak brushes and rollers in after painting; keep other painting tools together in another container.

For painting high areas.

Protective gear
Such as facemasks, shower caps (useful for ceilings to protect your hair) and disposable gloves.

Paints and primersPaints and primers
Ask assistants for advice on which primers and paints you’ll need for the job.