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SEVEN SUPER USEFUL PAINTING TOOLS TOP PAINTING CONTRACTORS SUGGEST

SEVEN SUPER USEFUL PAINTING TOOLS TOP PAINTING CONTRACTORS SUGGEST

Brush With Confidence

When you go to your local hardware store or the big box home improvement stores, there are so many brushes and rollers to choose from. There is no one right way to paint.   Professional painting contractors and painters have their favorites and they don’t necessarily agree with each other. Painters have experience on their side and a very steady hand for cutting but they alos know which painting tools work well. For the average DIY painter a little knowledge can go a long way.

1. SMALL BRUSH FOR PAINT TRIM

A 3 inch flat brush is very useful size for cutting in paint trim. For finer details choose a 1.5 inch brush.  It is very difficult trying to carry out a painting project with the wrong tools, particularly trying to do a fine job with too big a brush. Paint brushes come in variety of handles including wood, plastic and wood plastic. This is purely a matter of preference and how the paint brush feels in your hand

2. NATURAL BRISTLES

Natural bristle is usually made of hog or ox hair. Natural bristle paint brushes are best for use with any oil based products such as paint, stain, varnish or primer.

3. SYNTHETIC BRISTLES

Synthetic bristle is good for latex and acrylic primer and paint and other water based products.

4. BLOCK BRUSH FOR STAIN

Applying stain is like painting with water. Instead of using a regular paint brush, use a block brush. The bristles are thicker and denser so they hold the stain. You will never see a top painting contractor using a roller for stain. Professional painters are most likely to use a sprayer for stain wherever possible but for the amateur painter, a block brush will get the job done.

5. ROLLERS ARE NOT ALL EQUAL

You want to choose a roller that will hold the paint well. The cheap kits that have a disposable roller and paint tray are not going to help you achieve a professional painting result. Invest in a \ a good, comfortable paint roller with a thread so it can be added to an extension pole. A 9 inch metal cage is the most common roller size.

The best covers are lambswool or mohair. Synthetic will work with acrylic paint but are not recommended for oil based paints. Covers with ¼ inch nap are the most versatile.

6. PAINT GRID AND BUCKET

Top Pasadena painters and painting contractors will always use a 5 gallon bucket with a painting grid when they are painting or rolling. This is much faster and more efficient than using a roller and tray. The paint roller bucket grids are used to remove excess paint from the roller. The painter or painting contractor dips the roller in the paint and pushes it down against the grid. The painter or painting contractor knows he has the right amount of paint on the roller. A 9 inch grid is designed for a 5 gallon bucket.

7. EXTENSION POLES

Extension poles are essential. A professional Pasadena painting contractor or painter will always use an extension pole to get a smoother, quicker painting action. DIY painters may think that standing on a ladder with a painting tray is just fine. The job will take you far longer.

You can buy a 2-4 ft pole or a longer 4-8 ft pole depending on your painting job and the size of the room or surface to be painted.