Month: April 2017

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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