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What Tools Will You Need For Painting?

Whether you’re painting that old patio chair or interior of your house it’s good to know exactly what you will need to begin and complete the project. Have the right tools is essential for a quality result. Sure, painting can seem easy right? Put some paint on a roller and slap it on wall. You want to start by deciding what it is you are painting. Walls, baseboards, crown molding, ceilings, cabinets, etc. Below is a basic list to help you gather the necessary tools to complete your new painting project.

Hand Masker

This tool is a must have for any project. It ensures a nice crisp line and protects from any paint drips. A hand masking kit will cost you up to $70.

Drop Cloths

Another must have item to protect both floors and furniture. A quality fabric drop cloth, depending on the size, can cost you anywhere from $16-$52. Although, cheaper disposable drop cloths are available for a fraction of the price.

Paint Sander

Chances are you’re going to have to sand in preparation for painting. We’ve found the Wagner Paint Eater to be a reliable and effective go to sander. This item will cost around $68.

Scraping Tool

Before you can sand you need to scrape off any loose, flaking, or bubbling paint. You can find these at any home improvement store and will cost less than $10.

Paint Brushes

A quality paint brush will make all the difference. If you’re going to go cheap, don’t do it here. Be sure to select the right size and type for your project. You can find a cheap paint brush for just a few bucks where you’ll see the higher quality paint brushes going for more than $20.

Roller Frame

If you plan of rolling your paint on, you’ll need a sturdy roller frame. Sizes will vary from 4 inches up to 18 inches. Expect to pay $5-$30 for one of these.

Roller Cover

Once you have your roller frame, you’ll need a cover for it. Roller covers come in several materials and thicknesses. Choosing the right roller cover is very important. These can cost anywhere from $5 to $20.  

Painters Tape

Frog Tape is the best but can run you up to $15 a roll. Scotch Blue tape is a good all-around painters tape and will cost around $5 a roll.

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