Having the right tools makes a huge difference. However if you are starting out, selecting the right tools and knowing the good brands can be a bit of trial and error. Having almost completed my second painting project here are my tips on the must have tools based on my experience:
- A good quality brush for cutting in (eg. a rota cota brush). Having the right brush enables you to carry more paint without dripping. This equates to less dipping and hence faster painting. Note: Rota Cota brushes are not available in Bunnings. You’ll need to purchase this in a paint specialty shop like Inspiration Paint.
- An architrave brush. Totally appreciated when working on trims, windows and skirting boards. You can find this in Bunnings.
- A 270mm length Sheep Skin 10mm nap roller (good for internal walls using acrylic paint). Like a good brush, a great roller holds more paint. Sheep or lamb “skin” is better than sheep/lamb “wool”. Skin is when roller is made from one piece, skin and wool. Wool is only the wool attached to some synthetic material. Hence the wool does not last long as it starts falling off. My sheep wool roller lasted for 2 room before it started to malt. My sheep skin roller is still going strong after 4-5 rooms. Note: Like the rota cota brush this is not available in Bunnings. You’ll need to purchase this in a paint specialty shop like Inspiration Paint.
- Sanding paper and block– 120 grit to smooth out the walls. 80 grit to get rid of larger uneven surfaces. The higher the number, the finer the paper, which means it’ll take less off. If you have an old house and the prep work is huge I would recommend buying 2 x sanding tools. One for detail work like the windows. The other, for the skirting boards and wall. Trust me, my arm and shoulders are happy for the investment. Totally pays off. Both of the ones below are available from Bunnings.
- Good painters tape (eg. Scotch 3M, the thick blue one. Around $25 dollars at Bunnings and $20 at inspiration paints. Yes, Bunnings is not always the cheapest. Note: The green ones are useless.) Investing in good tape is important as it remains on longer and does not damage or pull off existing paint work.
- A painter scraper like the rota cota soft grip scraper.
- A wide putty filling blade. Love my rota cota flexible blade. If you have a large surface to cover a wide blade enables you to create a better finish.
- Putty– I mainly use skim coat polyfilla which is good for smoothing out fine uneven surfaces only.
- A extension pole for the roller to reach those hard to reach places. A telepole is recommended. (ie. adjustable one).
- Rota cota roller cleaner. My boyfriend loves this one as washing is his job. You are able to attach this to a hose, shortening the hassle and time of washing a roller.
- Drop sheetto protect your floors. I recommend the canvas drop sheets as these are thick enough you do not need to worry about it seeping through. Ours has become very handy. We use them to protect the floors when tradesman are over.