Now that prep is out of the way let’s focusing on the tools. I cannot stress enough of: DO NOT PAY FOR CHEAP PAINT BRUSHES, ROLLERS AND OTHER PAINTING TOOLS. This will keep you from having to buy double the amount of brushes or rollers.
- Brushes: I recommend getting an angled and normal brush. 3 Inch brush is a good area to start. These are great for cutting in the tight spaces and corners.
- Rollers: if you are not covering a large amount of space an 18 inch roller is fantastic to use as it can cut down the amount of time in half. Be sure to pick up the standard 9 inch roller as well.
- Paint Trays: Everyone has bought the cheap throw away paint trays, but I cannot stand them. They are flimsy, easy to break, and I feel like a waste of money. Please get a good tray with a tray cover. This cover makes clean up a breeze. When done throw it away and you still get to keep the paint tray. Note: 18 inch rollers require a much larger paint tray and insert.
- Drop Cloths: I personally love thick and durable drop cloths. Often time’s people will use sheets, or towels. Those are great for the do-it-yourselfers, but for contractors it is a must to have a thick drop cloth to prevent any chance of the paint splatter from bleeding through
- Painter's Rags: This is where anyone is allowed to go cheap. Since these are designed to be thrown away after cleaning up mistakes, go cheap.
- Painter's Plastic: Often times these are used to cover furniture. .31 Mil painters plastic is a great type for covering furniture.
- Keep it simple: If you’re looking at specialty tools, think simple. Nothing needs to be complicated. Make sure you are going to save time when going with a specialty product.
Till next time guys!