Painting Tools

There are many different types of painting tools out on the market today.

Follow the links to what I think are the most important pieces of equipment you need to have on hand when you begin your project.

Before you begin painting, please take time to review the list, to make sure you have the proper equipment, for your particular application.

There are, as I have said earlier, many different types of products for you to purchase. Be careful with the temptation to buy “gimmicky” items that result in less money in your pocket, and more work for your project.

The old painting pros I know use simple, time-tested methods and tools for a reason. The old saying still applies: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. In other words, some of the old ways of doing things are still the best way to them today. And I agree.

Painting Tools and Equipment

Paint brushes

Paint roller frames

Roller covers (sleeves)

Roller pans

Step ladders

Extension poles for paint rollers

Using a drop cloth

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Painting Preparation Continued

First step in any interior project we take is preparing the space where we’ll be working. You need to move the furniture to the center, side or if possible move it outside of the room; then remove fixtures, hardware, electrical outlets, nails, and doors as needed.

Next – you need to tape, cover with plastic or drop cloths any areas to protect your floors or furniture, and work on the wall and ceiling preparation. Typically it involves speckling nail halls and cracks, drywall repair, caulking, sanding and priming before you can start making your place look clean and new again with a fresh coat of paint.

Finally, you need to remove any masking tape, plastic, tarps; put the hardware and electrical outlets back, and move all of the furniture to the original place.

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Painting Prep Is Important

Preparation is key to a superior house painting job. The hours of prep work give the finish that finished look.  If you are a house painter, then preparation will include: scraping, repairing and sanding until it’s smooth, then put it back together with attention to every step. After meticulous prep work, you need to apply primer and two top coats. The primer seals and allows the first top coat to adhere. The second top coat gives the room a finished, complete look, with smooth even color and texture. Double priming may be needed in some circumstances, such as when changing colors, or when the walls are very dry. A third top coat is sometimes needed when changing to a darker color. Thanks to Exterior House Painters Kansas City for their help and input with their painting preparation process.

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Helpful Links for the Homeowner

Helpful Links for Painting Resources:

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Toad Hall Books

Toad Hall Books is focused on helping residents better understand interior and exterior painting for their home. Our resources allow residents to know the in’s and out’s of professional painters. This allows the home owner to either have a better feel for what professional painters do or how they can implement some of the resources we bring to them at their home. If you are needing painting information, then keep coming to this website to find out more.

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Interior Painting

Best strategies and tips for painting home interior

Getting ready for a little interior painting?

Visit a nearby home store or your local paint distributor, and check out all the many different colors and color schemes to choose from. You’re sure to find something that suits you perfectly.

But before you go to the store, get acquainted with the many different types of paint that are out on the market. There are, as stated earlier, a vast array of paint types from oil to latex to alkyds, to seemingly endless number of color and color variations that one could choose from.

You are also going to need some painting painting tools for your interior painting project.

Avoid all the gadgets you see at the counter. Check to see my recommendations on the ensuing page, and you should be in good shape. Remember – you only need the basic tools – nothing more.

When you’ve made your choice of colors and type of interior paint to use in your home, it would be wise to not jump right in and start painting. The hardest (but extremely important) work is about to begin. And that is preparation. You see, before any brush stroke is made, you must first get the surface of your intended area(s) ready to paint. The result of your diligent prep work might go unnoticed by the casual observer, but if you had not done the prep work beforehand, you would surely notice any mistakes for sure!

Once you have the preparation out of the way, you’re ready to begin you’re interior painting. To help you along in your endeavor, I’ve given you some good painting procedures so you can learn, and apply the correct way to accomplish your particular task. Go slow, and take your time when performing a specific procedure. Yes, you’ll definitely make mistakes (I still do!), but as you get the hang of doing something, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it becomes. You’ll be painting like a pro in no time!

There are also some excellent painting tips that can save you time and money – and not to mention a little elbow grease. Many of these tips are a result of years in the field. When time (which = money in my business) is a motivating factor, you’d be surprised at the ingenuity that can spring forth from a person.

One quick tip to consider if you’re attempting to paint over old paint on the bathroom or kitchen wall, is to see if the old paint is oil-based. You cannot paint over oil with latex, as it is water-thinned, and therefore does not have the properties to adequately adhere to older, unprimed oil.

Here’s what you do:


  • Get a bottle of nail-polish remover, and apply a little to an out-of-the-way corner on the wall. If the old paint is latex, it will smear. If it is oil, nothing will happen. If you’re painting over oil-based paint with a latex, you’ll need to use a good primer.You want the best for your house …
    if painting the bathroom or kitchen in your home, strongly consider using an oil-based paint that can stand up to any abuse. Good looks, plus durability.


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