We have found that getting your supplies in order before you start anything makes a big difference! Having all prep and paint supplies ready cuts down on frustration and it also helps the process move along more quickly. Here’s a supply checklist that will cover everything you will need
Before doing anything, you will need to spend a couple of hours prepping your walls, this will include patching holes, cleaning, sanding. Doing all this before painting will help you get the best results.
Spackle & Spatula – Use these to patch any holes.
Metal Paint Scraper – You will need to use this to scrape off any peeling or cracking paint before sanding.
Fine Grit Sand Paper – this can be used to even out rough textures and then smooth out any bumps.
Mild Soap & Water Solution – Use these to clean any dirt or grease off your walls before priming.
Painters Tape – Tape off any borders so paint doesn’t bleed into areas you are not painting. You can also use this to cover hardware and outlets, we have found frog tape works the best to achieve clean edges.
Canvas Tarp or Plastic Drop Cloth – This will be used to protect floors and furniture if you can’t move it.
Angled Paint Brush – This is the best paint brush to paint corners, this achieves clean edges without paint bleed. If you used a flat brush for this, it would be harder.
3-inch Flat Paint Brush – Used for “cutting in” which is the process of painting a border around taped off areas.
Paint Roller Frame & Roller Covers – Using a roller is a much faster method than a brush. When painting a large room or a room with high ceilings then use a painter’s pile which will extend your roller for an extended reach. When choosing an appropriate roller cover make sure you choose the right one, as some are designed for stuccos, bricks, smooth surfaces or metals.
Paint Tray: use this to hold smaller portions of paint as you work, this will stop you from dipping brushes directly into paint can which contaminates paint with dust and dirt.
Primer: this is an undercoat you apply before the colour. If you are painting over an existing colour the primer will cover it and will create a blank slate so the new colour will go on evenly. Primer also contains binding properties that allows paint to adhere more evenly, this means you will get a more polished result in a shorter amount of time. Some paint brands will have the primer mixed in with the paint which can be a time – saving option.
Interior Paint – After choosing the colour you will need to find what type of paint you want as each type is suited for different purposes.
Flat Paint – This is best suited for low traffic areas and ceilings as it has a no gloss finish and is easier to clean.
Satin & Eggshell Paints – This is best suited for living rooms and bedrooms as they are easy to clean and offer light-reflective qualities which is most desirable in most rooms.
Semi-gloss and High-gloss Paints – This are best suited for trims, windowsills, banisters or smaller surfaces. These types of paints are not recommended for wall surfaces.
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