Types of painting supplies you need

Whether you're painting your living room, bedroom or guest room in your Atlanta home, you have to buy...

Whether you're painting your living room, bedroom or guest room in your Atlanta home, you have to buy the right painting supplies. You may think picking supplies is the easy part of the painting process. It's not. And just when you think you have all the supplies you need, you might realize in the middle of painting that you're missing something.

Even if you have a complete list of painting tools, you have to do more than buy a couple of brushes while you're picking your paint. There are different types of each painting tools. Right now, you're probably frustrated; however, it's important to pick the correct supplies. It'll make your painting job easier and enjoyable. Get ready to showcase your perfect colors and make anyone who visits your home jealous.

Paint brushes

Whether you're planning to use a roller or power sprayer to paint your room, you'll need paint brushes. Paint brushes are available in two types: synthetic and natural bristle. You have to pick them according to the type of paint you're using. If you're using an oil-based paint, purchase natural bristles. The synthetic bristles are designed for latex or water-based paints.

Foam brushes, available in many widths, are typically used for touch-up or small painting jobs. Atlanta stores do offer foam rollers. However, the paint roller version works, too. However, you should not use a foam roller on rough or textured wall surfaces. The foam can't withstand the rough surface.

Whether you need synthetic, natural bristles or a foam brush, pick the right size. The rule of thumb regarding brush sizes is pretty simple. Pick a brush that is 50 percent longer than it is wide. For example, when buying a 3-inch brush, make sure it's at least 4 inches long. A longer brush saves you from hand fatigue, and it also provides a smoother texture on the walls.


Paint rollers are available with a plastic or cardboard core. This is the part of the roller that the covering, which you use to paint the walls, goes on. The plastic core lasts longer than the cardboard one. Select the roller according to the nap, which refers to the fullness of the covering. Choose a plush roller when painting rough textured walls. A flatter roller covering is ideal for smooth walls.

Prep materials

Before you start painting, you need to prepare, or prep, the walls. The basic painting tools are essential, such as sanding blocks and sandpaper. You have to sand any rough or bumpy areas on the wall. You need putty or spackle to fill in any gaps, holes or cracks in the wall. This requires using a putty knife. You need a scraper for taking the paint off the walls. Stir sticks usually come with the paint you purchase. Make sure you have enough of the sticks. For example, if you are painting over several days, you have to stir the paint before using it again. It keeps the paint properly mixed.

Drop cloths

Although your local hardware store offers different types of drop cloths, a heavy canvas cloth is ideal. With plastic drop cloths, you run the risk of slipping or falling. You can use the plastic drop cloths to cover furniture.

Paint thinner

You should have paint thinner on your list. When using oil-based paint, you need the product to thin out paint or remove any stray paint marks or mistakes. You can still buy paint thinner if you're using latex paint; however, latex paint requires only water to clean messes.

Optional items

There are some other optional painting tools you can use as well. For example, if you don't want to use a roller to paint, you can try a paint pad. You use the pad like you'd use the paint roller. It provides a neat application. The main difference between the roller and paint pad is the amount of paint you can use. You can't apply too much paint on the pad. It'll start dripping once you use it. Worse, when there's too much paint on the pad, you have to disassemble it, meticulously clean it and then let it dry.

Painter's tape is another optional supply. You can use it to tape the edges of the walls and around windows and doors. It prevents mistakes from occurring such as getting red paint on the opposite wall you just painted white.

However, you can eliminate the tape, if you're comfortable cutting in. Cutting in requires taking a small brush and painting the corners, edges and around the doors and walls. This part of the paint job must be done perfectly.

If you choose to use the tape, remove it before the paint dries. You could have a disaster on your hands if you let the paint dry--when you go to remove the tape, you may remove pieces of the paint, too.

Of course, paint and paint primer should be on your list to buy. Once you have all of these supplies, you're ready to start painting. But these supplies won't instantly make the paint job look professional--only you can do that. However, you know that by picking the correct painting supplies, you've done part of the job correctly.

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