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DIY Basics- Tools to Paint Your Home

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DIY Painting Wall

Use wall painting techniques to add some color and flair to a drab room. Painting is an easy way to bring a room back to life. And by using a few special techniques, you can make your DIY painting wall job look like an expensive, professionally done project.

Here are a few classic decorative wall painting techniques. With a little patience and willingness, you can really punch up the design of your rooms. Even on a small budget.

Sponging

Sponging involves using a sponge to create a random pattern on the wall. It gives your room a little depth and texture. You can experiment with colors and glaze to create a subtle or dramatic effect. Sponging is a good way to hide some imperfections in your walls, as the random pattern will help them blend in.

Stenciling and Stamping

Learning how to stencil or stamp is a bit more difficult that the previous two techniques, and you will need a few more tools and a lot more patience. You can use stamping or stenciling to create an effect similar to wallpaper.

Rag Painting

In rag painting, rags are used to apply paint to create a marbled effect. Dip a rag into your chosen color, shake off the excess, and use the rag to dab on the paint. The pattern can be random, but your dabs should not be widely scattered. This will help create a good marbled look. Traditionally, the base coat should be a few shades lighter than the color used for the rag work, but you can experiment with the style of your choosing.

Dragging

Dragging is a simple technique that changes the texture and appearance of flat wall paint. Drag a dry brush, sponge or rag over freshly applied paint in different directions and patterns to change the look and feel of the wall.

Stippling

Stippling uses a special stippling brush or a towel to dab at freshly applied glaze on the wall. It gives a subtle, polka dot texture to the walls. Apply the same glaze that you would use for sponge painting directly to the wall with a brush or roller, then go over it with a stippling brush or towel, tapping the wall quickly and consistently until you get the effect you want.

Wood Graining

Give any wall in your home the appearance of painted wood by adding a faux wood grain. Dip plastic or metal combs of different shapes into a wet glaze, then drag the comb through the fresh paint on the wall. Try moving the comb in various directions and mixing up the combs used in one section to create a realistic wood grain.

Tools for DIY:

Painting your house is always easier when you are prepared in advance

Before you start planning a Do-It-Yourself paint for your home project, you have to collect painting tools to get the best possible result. Here is a list of some of the most important painting tools you will need to complete a Do Yourself job.

PAINTING THE ROOM

House Painting Tools and equipment:

  • •Interior paint primer (one that’s suitable for the paint you’re using)
  • •Interior paint – either oil or emulsion
  • •Paint kettle and paint can opener (or flat head screwdriver)
  • •Paint roller set: paint roller, sleeve and tray
  • •Paint brushes
  • •Radiator brush
  • •Paint roller extension pole
  • •Plastic bucket and sponge
  • •Stepladder

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Painting Brushes:

There are many types of painting brushes that professional painters use to make the best possible final product. Some of the most common are Pure and Synthetic bristle and nylon brushes, softening brushes, dusting, and stencil brushes. Each brush has its own purpose and creates a different kind of result. A combination of high-quality brushes from your local hardware or paint store can help you to create the ambiance you are looking for in your home.

Painting Brush cleaners:

Using paint brush cleaners can protect your paint brushes from damage caused by leftover paint. You can purchase brush cleaners from your local hardware or any local paint store as well.

Drop Cloth:

  • What is a drop cloth for? A drop cloth is intended to protect your floor and furniture from any damage caused by dripping or splashing paint during the painting process.
  • How do you store drop cloth? You can store a drop cloth along with your other painting supplies
  • What is it made of? Drop cloths are made from heavy-duty canvas so that it absorbs most paint spills and splatter

Painters Tape:

This special low-tack tape is used to protect the trim from getting paint on them as well as to keep painters’ lines nice and sharp. You can get painter’s tape from your local hardware store or paint store as well.

Paint Rollers:

Most paint stores carry a variety of paint rollers and roller covers designed to help you cover larger areas in short periods of time. Each type of paint roller has its own purpose and will produce a slightly different application effect.

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Tools needed to paint house exterior

Painting a house requires more tools than you might think. But making the effort to gather the right ones to prep and finish exterior walls can save time and, in the end, offer a more professional result. These are the painting tools and their uses;

A Multipurpose Tool 

It’s nice when you find a tool that can do the job of two. But what about five? A multipurpose painter’s tool, sometimes known as a 5-in-1 tool, is essential for the rounds of prep work that must take place before painting a home’s exterior. And it fits easily into a pocket. Among its many features

Ladder

If you’d like your new paint job to reach higher than the 6-foot (1.8-meter) mark, you’re going to need a ladder.

Drop Cloths

Some professional painters recommend drop cloths because they let water run through while still catching paint chips. They’re also less likely to rip.

Caulk Gun

Caulking up holes in your exterior walls is an important step in the pre-painting process. And so is choosing the right caulk gun. There are three main types: manual, battery-powered and pneumatic.

Roller Screen and Tray

A roller screen is essentially a metal grate that fits vertically into your paint bucket and is a handy way to get rid of excess paint on your roller.

Paintbrushes

Paintbrush there are two main types: natural bristle and synthetic bristle. Natural bristle brushes often are made of animal hair, including black or white hog hair, and have a soft texture for fine finishes. Natural bristles can hold a lot of oil-based paint without absorbing it.

While a natural bristle brush is good for applying a coat of primer or an oil-based paint, it isn’t the best choice if your paint is latex (water-based) because it will absorb up to 40 percent of its own weight in water, making the brush too soft to paint properly

Paint Rollers

Rollers allow you to work faster than with brushes alone. For large areas of shingles, stucco or brick, opt for a 9-inch (23-centimeter) roller with a half-inch nap.

For narrow spaces, or for applying to large areas of siding, a 7-inch (18-centimeter) roller will be a better fit

Paint Sprayer

Most high-volume paint pros use sprayers to apply exterior paint. The method is up to 10 times faster than brushing and four times faster than rolling. Plus, paint sprayers can offer a consistent finish, even in tight areas.

Most paint stores carry a variety of paint rollers and roller covers designed to help you cover larger areas in short periods of time. Each type of paint roller has its own purpose and will produce a slightly different application effect.

Many people discover after the expenses and hassle of getting all of the paint and supplies, along with the time investment that is required to complete a DIY painting job, that hiring Professional Painters in Toronto is more convenient for their busy lives. If you need some help, our professional home painters can make a house call and help you complete your Interior Home painting or in Toronto quickly and effectively with little mess. 

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