Choosing and Purchasing Paints and Supplies (6)

Choosing and Purchasing6Purchasing Specialty Applicators: For any painting project, we highly recommend investing in an angled brush. It’s a must for a professional finish to corners and trim. If you are planning a decorative finish on your wall, such as the one on the wall pictured here ,you will need to purchase other applicators. Speciality paint applicators can be expensive, but there are are viable alternatives to the “professional” options, as we have listed below:

Purchasing Miscellaneous Paint Supplies: Aside from your paint, brushes, and applicators, there are a few more things you need. Here’s a list:

  1. A paint can opener – Used to open the paint. You can pick up a paint can opener at the store where you purchase your paint, or wedge a flathead screwdriver to open the can.
  2. A paint stir-stick – Again, you can pick this up at the paint store, usually at no charge. Otherwise you can use a large plastic utensil or the end of a paintbrush. When you open a can of paint, you’ll need to stir it well, as colors settle and oils separate.
  3. A paint tray – There are many different sizes of paint trays…everything from those designed to be used with rollers, to small ones with handles that are easy to carry when painting trim. Avoid the cheap plastic roller trays because they break extremely easily. It’s better to invest in an aluminum tray.
  4. Tape – This is used to mask off edges to keep paint splatters from getting on trim, appliances, floors, and ceilings. Low-tack painter’s tape will not peel off fresh paint when you remove it, as regular masking tape will. Regular masking tape is good for baseboards and shiny woodwork, which are places low-tack painter’s tape will not adhere.
  5. A hammer and nails – When you first open your paint can, it’s a great idea to make nail holes in the edges of the rim, so that the paint that drips into the rim automatically is returned to the can for reuse. (Dutch Boy offers Twist & Pour paint, which we think is the future wave of paint cans! These nifty cans have an easy side handle for carrying, a pour spout, and a twist-off lid.)
  6. A bucket – If you are mixing colors together, you should mix it all at once in a large bucket. Even if you use the same recipe when mixing a second time, there may be slight variations in the color the second time around.
  7. A pencil, yardstick, and level – Good tools to have on hand for measuring and marking places to begin and end paint strokes.
  8. Dropcloths, rags, and paper towels to reduce accidents and ease cleanup.
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