What are the proper tools needed to paint your walls?

Painting a room can be a major undertaking for a homeowner. There are some tools that will be needed to complete this properly. By gathering all the proper tools needed to paint your walls with before you being you will save time and your project will go more smoothly.

You should always begin your project by removing all the furniture and accessories possible from the room. Take off all the switch plate, electrical plate covers, and door knobs. Place these items for safe keeping in a zip lock bag.

You will need to reinstall them and don’t want to lose any screws. Make sure that you spackle and sand any imperfections in the walls that you wish to fix before you begin to paint. After you finish removing any items and prepping any damage to walls that need to be fixed. Dust down all the walls and moldings before you begin to paint.

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Step # 1 What are the proper tools needed to paint your walls with: a ladder will be needed for high areas.

You will have some high spots that will be hard to reach, you will need a ladder or large step stool. I am sure that you don’t need me to remind you that climbing ladders can be a potential ladder. That however is exactly what I am going to do. Make sure that the ladder you use is of good condition. Using a rickety ladder can land you in the hospital. Clear all the area you will need to use the ladder in so that they ladder will sit flat on the floor. An unlevel ladder can cause you to lose your balance and fall. Before climbing check the hinges to make sure that they are fully extended. Never sit or stand on the top of the ladder. Don’t stand on the back of the ladder only on the front. Only one person at a time should climb a ladder.  Finally remove tools from the ladder before you move it you don’t want a tool hitting you in the face.

Step #2 What are the proper tools needed to paint your walls with: painters tape

Painter’s tape is a good idea to go around outlets or switches. Tape off areas once the covers have been removed. This will speed up painting and prevent any excess paint from getting on receptacles. Painter tape is a good for painting detailed work on the walls as well such as a stripes. You can measure mark and tape areas that are to painted a different color. Painters tape works best for this as the glue will stick to the walls but will not damage any paint or sheet rock under it.

Step #3 What are the proper tools needed to paint your walls with: drop clothes.

Drop clothes are always as must for painting. Drop clothes can be purchased in fabric and plastic. Fabric drop clothes are reusable and heavier but are a bit more expensive. Plastic drop clothes can be a good alternative and are inexpensive. Cove any furniture in the room with a drop cloth as well as any flooring. Even if you are having a new floor installed later it is a good idea to cover plywood or concrete. Paint on a floor can prevent glue from adhering to it later.  

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Step # 4 What are the proper tools needed to paint your walls with: paint roller.

I will assume that you will be using a latex paint for your area. So choosing a roller should be easy right? Not quite. Making sure you have the right roller will save you time and money. Rollers and their cages come in several different sizes. Choose a roller size that fits the job size. Larger rollers that can be 12” to 9” in length are a great for ceiling and walls. Reserve the use of a smaller roller or mini roller for areas such as doors and wood working. Use a roller with a shorter nap for areas like walls, doors and trim. Some areas have more textured or plastered wall such as concrete or plaster ceilings. The use of a larger nap roller on these surfaces will allow the paint to penetrate deeper into the texture.

Step # 5 What are the proper tools needed to paint your walls with: paint brush.

Trim work and edging is usually done with a brush. Choose a synthetic or polyester brush for this application of latex paint. Brushes that are tapered are able to get into corners better and up next to molding. Stay with a brush that is a bit smaller in width such as a 1” or 2” width. Test the bristles of the brush before you purchasing them. The bristles should be flexible and have textured or split ends to create finer lines. Finally make sure that only a few bristles come out when tugged on them. You want a quality brush that fits and feels good in your.

In the same way that we want to use the proper tools to paint a room we must choose the proper tools for our lives as well. The bible gives us the explanation for the proper tools that need to used to sustain a christian life.  11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over the present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up all the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God 18 praying at all times in the spirit, with all spirit, with all prayer and supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6: 11-18