What supplies do I need to complete a painting project?


Tish Inman shows you the products you'll need to prep and get the job done right.


I would like to talk to you about what you sort of supplies you might need to start your painting project, and there are a lot of things for you to consider.First, you need to consider your space, whether you are painting your ceilings your walls, your trim or all of it. The very first important thing is to make sure you cover everything with drop clothes right off the bat to avoid dust or paint spilling on your carpet or floors. Then you are going to go around your room and find all the imperfections, nail pops, cracks, wood separated from your trim, look at your ceilings, see if there are any problems or issues there. We are going to need some caulk. Caulk is used to fill in the gaps that are in your trim, so carefully look throughout your room for cracks or anything that is separated. If the caulk is actually breaking away, you are going to take a tool such as this. It is called a five-in-one, and you are going to take this tool and physically room the caulk so you can refill it with your caulking gun. The tip of this will be cut off at a slight angle, and then you will squeeze the trigger until it starts to come out, and then you lay the caulk and carefully pull it and then, that’s pretend caulk there, and then you are going to pull back on the trigger so it just doesn’t goop out all over the place. The next thing you will do is take or finger with a little bit or water or a rag. People have their own methods. I prefer the finger and lightly smoothed it out over the existing hole or crack.The next thing to do is to look around the room, your ceiling, your walls and your woodwork may also have some issues with nails sticking out of it. Sometimes you will need a nail set, and you will take this nail set and you put it right on a nail that may be sticking out of the woodwork and hit it with the hammer and set that nail right back into its place. Now you are going to have a hole, so you will fill that hole with some wood filler, just a little bit with your finger or whatever, just enough to get rid of that hole. And now we get to your walls, and we have all these different types of wall patches. If you have large problems, you will need a large vat of drywall mud, and you would use a pail called a mud pan. You will put the wall mud in this pan and apply mud as smoothly as you can to the existing holes and or cracks in the wall. If you have small holes, you can take a small putty knife like this and or a smaller putty knife. If you have a nail pop, which is frequent in house problems with shifting and what not, you can take the end of the five-in-one tool and literally spank it back into the surface and then fill it with your drywall compound or spackle, and then wait for it to try. Then you will find that sandpaper comes in handy. I prefer a 2/20 grid. It is not too hard or too heavy so you can lightly sand the areas that you prepped with either the wood filler or spackle and sand them lightly until they are smooth. You may need another coat if the hole or crack is deep, so get the wall as smooth as possible. Then you will take a damp sponge to get the excess powder off of the surface so the paint can stick it well.Then we talk about tape. There are lots of tapes out there. Some people would say you don’t need to tape if you are a professional painter. I personally like tape because it makes a nice clean line. This is called the easy mask tape. It has the paper and the stickem all in one. This would be applied to your trim or your ceiling or your walls on the edge and you would be painting away from it, particularly at the base if you are rolling paint. The paint is going to splatter down on the trim, so this protects the trim from getting spattered upon. The only issue I have with this tape is sometimes it doesn’t stick to trim and sometimes it over sticks to ceilings and it might pull off. In recent years we have come a long way with our tapes. These frog tapes, they are wonderful. They come in handy. They are a low adhesive, so it doesn’t stick too hard, and also what is wonderful about this tape is that it has something called a block and as soon as it gets wet, it has an expansion medium in it and when you are painting, the paint won’t seep under it, and if you ever used tape and you pull it off and there’s seepage all underneath it’s like oh god, so this tape really helps and saves a lot of time. I would like to say I can cut a straight line, but I can’t, so I rely on my tape and then I am guaranteed and straight line and I like a straight line.The other tape is a little higher mask. It is a little more stickem, so if you are painting on semi-gloss it will stay stuck on the semi-gloss a lot better. Another tool that replicates the easy mask tape, but makes it customized for your own self, this is called a hand masker, and the paper is for protecting the surfaces, you just pull of the length that you need, the paper can be purchased in smaller bits, three inches up to eight inches if you need to mask out an entire window if you are spray painting., and you apply the sticky side to the surface you are trying to protect,The best jobs are the ones with the best prep work. If you don’t prep properly, your finished product is not going to look as good as you would like it to look. So, if you are going to take the time to paint, take the extra time and prep it properly.


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