Interior Painting: Brushes and Tools

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The most important part of any interior painting project is, of course, the paint itself. You’ll probably spend a lot of time determining which colors and sheens will work best for your various rooms. But once you’ve made these tough decisions, the paint won’t magically appear on your walls (sadly). You need the right tools to apply your paint as efficiently and evenly as possible.

Experienced Raleigh house painters have several handy tools at their disposal. First and foremost, they have a number of brushes optimal for different scenarios. These painters also use a number of other instruments ranging from necessary to merely helpful for handling interior painting jobs. Let’s take a closer look at these brushes and tools.

Types of Brushes

Even if a Raleigh painting service primarily uses rollers or sprayers for their projects, paint brushes are always an essential painting tool. Brushes give painters more control, allowing them to paint small surfaces, reach tight areas, cut in edges, and make precise touch-ups and adjustments when necessary. But not all brushes are created equal. Painters can choose from a variety of brush types, in terms of quality, material, size, and shape/style.

Paint brushes typically come in one of three materials: natural, polyester, or a nylon/polyester blend. Natural brushes are softer and usually best for applying oil-based paints, while the more durable polyester and nylon brushes are commonly used for latex paints.

As for size, brush width typically ranges from 1-inch to 4-inches, with smaller brushes being used to paint smaller areas and trim. The bristles themselves vary as well, from slanted chisel trim ends for cutting in, to square trim brushes for painting flatter surfaces. Brushes also differ in thickness, allowing them to hold more or less paint at a time. The brush a professional painter chooses will depend on the given circumstance. For instance, wider, thicker, flatter polyester brushes are ideal for applying latex paint to larger surfaces. A thinner, angled, natural brush might be used to paint some window trim with an oil-based paint.

Other Important Interior Painting Tools

With enough high-quality paint and the right brushes, you have the main components required for interior painting. However, for a cleaner, more efficient, and overall better outcome, painters make use of several other tools as well. These resources may help in preparing the room for painting, or make the painting process itself a bit easier.

Without getting too deep in the weeds of each of these items, here are a handful of important interior painting tools you should have on hand:

  • Painter’s tape for protecting trim and molding or creating straight dividing lines when painting a room two colors
  • Multi-tool for opening cans, scraping paint, removing nails, etc.
  • Hand-masker to easily tape off and over larger areas
  • Roller keepers to preserve roller heads after use so they can be used again the next day or two
  • Paint trays for rolling
  • Ladder(s) for reaching high walls and ceilings
  • Drop cloths for protecting floors and other surfaces

These are just some of the useful interior painting tools professionals will use to make the job go smoother.

If you want to know more about the various brushes and tools painters use on a regular basis, ask our Anderson Painting contractors for advice. We’re happy to help you with your interior painting project from start to finish using all the resources at our disposal. To learn more about us and all our services, call Anderson Painting today at 919-610-1855 or email us at [email protected]!