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Your Guide to Painting: What Tools to Use

Find our what tools you should have handy for your next painting project.

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Hi, I'm Wendy. Having the right painting tools are essential to a great looking wall. Choosing the right tools is an easy way to ensure the success of your project right from the beginning. Quality tools will save you time and will help make the process go faster. The most important tools are brushes. Brushes fall into 2 main categories: natural bristles or synthetic bristles. If you're using latex paint, only use synthetic brushes. Natural brushes are typically made with animal hair and the hair absorbs the water, drying out latex paint. Oil-based paint can be used with either natural or synthetic brushes. You'll need a few different types of brushes. A 3-inch brush is good for outlining walls and ceilings and painting large areas. If you're painting doors or window frames, an angled brush is best. An easier way to paint large areas is to use a roller. Rollers will spread about 3 times as much paint as a brush in the same amount of time. This is a must-have tool if you have a large project. You'll also want an extension handle. This way, your paint roller can reach high walls and ceilings. For rough or textured surfaces, get a roller with a 3/8th-inch or thicker nap so the paint will fill into the deeper crevices. For smooth surfaces, use a roller with a nap of 1/4th to 3/8th inch. Another great tool is a paint pad. These are great for painting clean lines and can reach into corners or areas where rollers can't. A few other things to have on hand to use with your Glidden Brilliance Paint would be drop clothes, paint pans if you're using rollers, and stir sticks which you can pick up for free at the paint counter. For more painting tips, visit BHG.com.