Tar Heel Painters
307 N Columbia St
Chapel HillNC 27516
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What Supplies Do I Need for My Painting Project?

What Supplies Do I Need for My Painting Project?

So, you're going to tackle a new painting project. DIY painting is quite a daunting task. However, if you're up for it, Tar Heel Painters can help you get it done correctly. Here is a list of supplies you'll need for your DIY painting project.

Painter's Tape

It is crucial to utilize painter's tape. It is the easiest and most efficient way to get clean, pristine lines. Think about it. What looks worse than trim that's been painted free-hand? Not much, and that's because there is no way you can be steady enough to make it look professional. Best choices:

  • Scotch Blue Painter's Tape Ultra-Sharp Lines Multi-Surface
  • Frog Tape Multi-Surface with Paintblock® Technology

Paint Trays

You will need at least one paint tray, possibly more, depending on whether you'll have help. There are numerous kinds of paint trays, each with its own good traits. You will have to choose what is important to you in a paint tray. Best choices:

  • A plain metal paint tray has clips that can attach to your ladder. A grocery bag or 8-gallon trash bag lines it perfectly for easy cleanup.
  • A deep well paint tray holds a whole gallon of paint. You can buy custom-fit liners that lock into place to keep it clean. It has a built-in magnetic brush holder.
  • A small, reusable paint tray with a lid that seals airtight lets you store leftover paint for a long time. It holds paint for brushes and 4-inch rollers only.

Extension Poles

Extension poles are a must. If you try to do the high parts of the walls with a ladder, it will wear you out and make you sore because of how you have to contort your body to get the job done. Extension poles let you stand on the ground and do the entire wall and even the ceiling. Extension poles screw into rollers and edgers.

You will need at least one paint tray, possibly more, depending on whether you'll have help. There are numerous kinds of paint trays, each with its own good traits. You will have to choose what is important to you in a paint tray.

Drop Cloths

A good drop cloth is invaluable. A Scotch Blue Heavy-Duty Non-Slip Drop Cloth is a great choice. You can drip or even spill paint on this drop cloth, and it will catch it.

Brushes and Rollers

You can get by with 2.5-inch and 1-inch brushes. If you buy quality brushes and clean them correctly, they will last indefinitely. You will need a roller frame (9-inch) and roller covers. Depending on your project, you may want to get a mini-roller and mini-paint tray.

A Ladder

Be safe. Using a milk crate is just an accident waiting to happen. Buy a ladder. The good choice is the Little Giant Ladder. It changes into almost countless configurations for use on stairs or in tight or tough spots of all kinds.

Still need help? Call today! Tar Heel Painters services include residential, commercial, and construction painting, deck and wood staining, drywall repair, wallpaper removal, popcorn ceiling removal, damage repair, restoration, and refinishing of student housing and historical sites.