Matt is a professional painter who owns and operates his own painting business, specializing in interior and exterior house painting.
My Favorite Wall Painting Tools
Whether you paint for a living or not, having handy house painting tools on site helps you finish projects a lot faster with better results. Instead of including the common paint brushes and roller sleeves everyone uses, I have included five tools you might not be using that are my personal favorites. These are some of my most versatile painting tools that I have been using for years on different projects.
1. 3M Hand Masker - M3000
No matter what you're painting, preparation is always involved, and having to tape and cover surfaces with plastic without a hand masker tool isn't fun. The 3M hand masker is without a doubt one of the best paint prep tools that saves so much time when it comes to masking. I've used my hand masker now for over 10 years and it still works great.
The masker holds one roll of 3M plastic or paper and one roll of any painter's tape you want to use. The tool applies the tape and masking film to the surface at the same time instead of having to apply them separately by hand. Once taped to the surface, the plastic roll unfolds to cover the surface you want to protect from paint. The 3M masker is awesome for covering floors, walls, windows, and furniture.
The rolls of 3M plastic film come in lengths of 24", 48", 72", and 99". The 48" rolls work great for covering windows. The 99" rolls cover standard 8-foot walls almost completely. If you plan on doing any spray painting, this tool is a huge time saver when it comes to covering windows and floors.
2. Pivit Ladder Tool
The tool is very versatile and can be used for a number of ladder leveling tasks. You can use it to level an extension ladder on stairs or even to hold a plank. I use it mostly as a leveler for painting walls over stairs. The bottom of the Pivit is covered with a rubbery material to increase grip and stability. I have used this tool under my ladders for several years without any problems.
This tool is awesome when painting from a steep rooftop too because you can use it as a platform to hold a couple small tools and a paint can. This really comes in handy when climbing on and off a roof from a ladder with tools in hand. The anti-slip material on the bottom feet prevent the tool from sliding down roofs.
3. Paint Brush Extender
Painting around light fixtures on high walls and ceilings isn't always possible using an extension ladder alone. Maybe the area is hard to reach or you simply don't feel safe climbing up a big ladder at extreme heights. That's where a paint brush extender connected to an extension pole is so useful.
In the past, the only paint brush extender available was a metal holder with an adjustable arm that you could loosen and re-tighten to change the angle. The problem with metal extenders is the wingnuts often come loose while painting and need to be readjusted.
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I used metal brush holders for many years until switching to the Goose Neck extendable paint brush. This tool was a game-changer for me because the brush itself is adjustable and attaches directly onto a painting pole. The handle of the paint brush bends to any angle without having to adjust wingnuts and metal parts.
When painting ceilings, you can use this extendable brush on an extension pole to quickly fill the corners instead of climbing up and down a ladder repeatedly. This is a huge time-saver. I highly recommend this tool if you're painting ceilings and hard-to-reach areas indoors and outdoors.
4. Roof Boot
The Roof Boot is made by the same company behind the Pivit tool I recommended earlier in this article. Both tools can be used together or separate. If you do a lot of exterior painting, you know setting up a ladder on a roof or using multiple toe boards can be challenging and dangerous.
Some roofs are so steep that toe boards need to be fastened to the surface in order to climb up and paint. The problem with using too many toe boards is you're left with too many holes that need to be filled when you're done painting. One roof boot fastens to the roof with only four screws, allowing an extension ladder to be laid against it, on the roof, so you can use a ladder instead of creating multiple holes in the roof with toe boards.
When this tools is used with the Pivit, you can also level an extension ladder on top of a roof to access gables and other areas that aren't always accessible with a ladder from the ground.
5. 18-Inch Paint Roller
The most common paint roller length is 9-inches, and while this size certainly gets the job done, painting walls and ceilings with an 18-inch roller instead is so much faster. I get terrible neck pain when painting ceilings, so the faster I can paint them, the better. If you're a painter, using an 18-inch paint roller in place of a standard 9-inch roller helps you paint rooms a lot faster.
The only disadvantage of using a large paint roller is the added weight when it's saturated with paint, but for the amount of time it saves, it's worth it. You can also use a 9-inch roller in combination with the 18-inch. Use the 9-inch roller to paint areas too small and narrow for the big roller.
The two best 18-inch roller frames I have used are the ones from Wooster and Purdy. When you buy this large roller sleeve and frame, you also need to buy the over-sized paint tray that fits it. These paint trays are huge and hold a lot of paint.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2017 Matt G.
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