House painting is a fun diy activity to renovate one’s interior. If you want to save some bucks while leaving a personal touch to your walls, you probably should not think twice before painting walls all by yourself. With a team of two to three people and some painting tools, you can change the look of your house overnight.
As interesting as it seems, it’s also sometimes very tricky to execute this activity properly. If not done well, a fun diy renovation can turn into a massive disaster. Now that you have your dream team ready, all you need is a bunch of painting tools and equipment. In this article, we will try to give you an elaborate idea about some of the essential house painting tools and equipment.
Pre Painting Essentials:
Before getting started, stock things like safety goggles, gloves, dust masks, drop cloth, sandpaper, and scraper, caulk, and caulk gun, etc. You need some safety tools like goggles, gloves, and a dust mask for protection. Your outfit should not be too loose. Your sleeves should be long enough to cover the bare skin of your hands. Your pants should belong if you don’t want to irritate your skin with harmful chemicals. Cover the furniture and the floor with drop cloths.
A dropcloth is basically a large piece of cloth that is used for preventing stray color from staining the floor and your valuable furniture. In some cases, if drop cloth is not available, then you can also use old newspapers as a protective shield. Make sure the room has proper ventilation so that no one is inhaling any harmful chemical dust while getting the job finished. Sandpaper and scrapers help to scrape away the old paint and to add new textures to your walls. To fill in the old holes created by nails, use a caulk, and caulk gun.
It is basically another name for masking tape. The painter’s tape is pressure sensitive and quite easy to tear. It’s less adhesive. As a result, it doesn’t really cause any harm to the surface while tearing it off. Painter’s tape is an essential tool if you want to protect a little surface from getting painted. For example, if you want to paint through the corner surface of a wall cabinet, you can use the tape to separate the cabinet surface from the wall. Painter’s tape can also be used for applying two different shades on the adjacent walls. Some may also like to paint patterns and designs on their walls. In this case painter’s tape can come in handy and make the job a lot easier than it seems.
Paint Brush and Roller
Paintbrushes and rollers are the staples for a DIY house painting. Both of them have the same purpose. But the painting experience may vary. Brushes are of different sizes starting from small artist brushes to 6-inch wide paint brushes. You need to figure out where exactly a paintbrush and a roller can function their best.
Paintbrush is usually more suitable for small surfaces that need more attention and care. Angled paint brushes can help painting the corners and details. Before buying a paint brush, you should check it’s size, shape, and quality of the bristles.
Now let’s talk about paint rollers. Paint rollers were originally designed to cover the maximum area to be painted in minimum time. The foam in a paint roller helps to soak the color and distribute it on the surface perfectly. Rollers prevent wastage of paints and colors. Texture rollers are good for design.
Bucket and Roller Grid
Both of these are used for the even absorption and application of the paint. Buckets are available in different sizes and shapes. Well, it totally depends on your paint applicator which size or shape of bucket you should go for. Now let’s talk about roller screens or grids. After dipping the roller in paint, you can eliminate the excess paint by raking the roller across the grid in one direction two to three times.
It’s essential that the roller grid fits the plastic paint buckets. For 1 gallon, 2 gallons, and 3-gallon plastic paint buckets, you’ll be needing grids of 4 inch, 6 inch, es and 9 inches respectively. You can also go for paint roller buckets with built-in grids.
Extension Tool and Ladder
These two are very essential to reach the tall parts of your walls. Attaching and using a roller extension pole is very easy. Attach the pole with the handle of the roller and you’re good to go. These extension poles are available in the market. If you want, you can also make an extension pole at home. Diy extension tools are shaky.
Again, extension tools have a great alternative which is step stairs or ladder. Buying a ladder may seem like a more expensive option. But a ladder will make a lot of house tasks easier in future. A multi ladder is a safer option than an extension ladder because of it’s hold and stability.
After you have successfully executed the mammoth task of painting your house, cleaning the house, the floor and corners are the final touches to bring out the real look. Your first job is to peel out all the tapes you’ve used while painting. Keep a painter’s comb, a bucket, and some strong cleaning agents. Firstly wash all the paintbrushes you have used.
For the water-based paint, go for warm water and liquid soap to wash away the excess color from the brushes. Use spirit or alcohol-based cleaning agents for oil-based paint. While washing the brushes, use a painter’s comb to eliminate the hard and sticky paint particles. Look out for stains on the lower edges of the walls. You can also use pumice stone and scrapers to remove paint from unwanted places.
To prevent a mess while working, you can use plastic covers to wrap up all the handles and poles of the painting tools. While taking a break in the middle of the painting, wrap all the brushes and rollers in aluminum foil. This way you can prevent the paints from being wasted. At the same time, your paintbrushes would not harden because of coming in contact with air.
You can use a chemical pigment named paint extender with your acrylic paint to maximize the volume of the paint. Extenders can also add new properties to the paint. Paint extenders slow down the drying of the paint making it easy for you to put on several layers. Hope this article will help to carry out a successful house painting without any hassle. Happy painting!