It takes the right painting tools to get the most from your investment in paint!

As the old saying goes, the proper tools make the job; this applies to painting as well. Purchasing quality painting tools and materials will make sure that you get the job done properly!

For a consistent, long-lasting finish, you need to apply paint and coatings with the best equipment. Better-quality brushes, rollers, and applicators tend to apply a thicker, more uniform, longer-lasting coat of paint than paint applied with cheap painting tools. Quality equipment also speeds up and makes your work easier. The tools you need depend on the type of project you want to complete and the type of paint you are applying.

Here are some basic guidelines to follow:

Which Brushes Do You Need?

Whether for interior or exterior painting, make sure that you match the size and shape of your brushes to the job. Use large brushes to cover large surfaces and small brushes to cover small areas. To do most jobs properly, take the time to match the brush to the job.

Selecting a Quality Brush

How can you identify a high-quality paintbrush? Pay attention to the bristles. They should:

• have split ends, to create a finer more even finish;

• have flexible tips, to enable them to spring back into shape;

• be shorter on the outside and longer in the centre, to provide more control over the application;

• be at least half as long as the width of the brush.

In addition, pull the bristles before you purchase a brush. If more than one or two bristles can be pulled out, the brush is not great quality.

Selecting Paint Rollers

Rollers are faster and easier to use than paintbrushes, especially when painting walls, ceilings, and other large, flat areas. They are also excellent for use on tough exterior surfaces like stucco and concrete.

However, rollers are difficult to work with in small or narrow spaces, so you’ll probably need to buy several different size rollers, and one or more paintbrushes.

An important consideration when selecting a roller cover is the length of the nap. In general, you should paint smooth surfaces with short-nap rollers and rough surfaces with long-nap rollers. When applying gloss or semi-gloss paints, short-nap covers tend to generate less foam during paint application.

As with brushes, it is wise to purchase better-quality roller covers, even though they may cost more initially. High-quality roller covers apply paint more easily and are less likely to leave nap fibres on the painted surface.

Paint Sprayers

For quick coverage of large surface areas, it is tough to beat power-spraying equipment. While sprayers may use more paint than other types of applicators, the ease and convenience they offer make them ideal for large jobs.

Conventional sprayers use compressed air as the pressurising agent to deliver the paint. Airless sprayers pump the paint directly. Achieving proper coverage with conventional sprayers can be challenging but accomplished DIYers can get good results with airless sprayers. Hand-carried electric airless sprayers are a good choice for interior painting; larger, wheel-around petrol or electric units are better suited for extensive exterior work.

Our advice? Work smarter with your painting tools!

Having this knowledge of the available painting tools and how to use them is invaluable in achieving better finishes in a shorter time.