Choosing the Proper Painting Tools
by Lee Wyatt
(last updated February 28, 2018)
One of the biggest problems when it comes to painting projects lies in choosing proper painting tools. The simple fact of the matter is that most people don't know how to go about choosing the right kind of tools, and end up making the whole project a lot more difficult than it really needs to be. However, if you are looking to make the job as easy as possible, then make sure that you keep in mind a few simple guidelines that are designed to help you choose the right tools.
- Know your basic tools. The first step in choosing proper painting tools is to know what the basic tools are. These tools are things like the brush, roller, tray, drop cloth, and tape. Each of these items have several different variations, all of which have their own place and specific purpose. Keep in mind that regardless of what the painting job is, you will almost invariably need one of each of these basic tools to complete it properly.
- Know your job. If you know the job, and what it will entail, then you will more likely be able to pick the correct tool for the job. For example, if you need to do a little bit of painting in a tight area, you won't want to be using one of those large area brushes or even a roller. Instead. The tool that you will want to use in t his case is one of those small sponge detail brushes. Often times, the tools that you should use will most often make the most sense.
- Know your limitations. Don't over think what you find yourself needing to do. If you have a feeling that you are not quite ready for a particular job, then don't do it. Before tackling a job that you are not quite sure about, get some practice in. There are often classes held at local home improvement stores, usually these classes are free or only require that you pay a little bit of money to cover the cost of materials. Use these classes to help you learn how you perform a specific type of painting.
- Know when to use the more advanced tools. There is a time and place to use all tools, and this also includes some of the more advance tools. As with most tools, the more advanced painting tools are typically powered in some way. Since they are powered, these tools will more than likely have a larger area effect, so only use them for large area jobs, or jobs that you really need to do in a hurry. Keep in mind though, that if you are using a powered painting tool to complete a job quickly that you need to be particularly careful with it. Otherwise, you can easily find yourself with a huge mess that will take even more time to clean up.
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