When it comes to painting the exterior of your home, using the right painting tools will ensure the best results.
You've finally decided to give your home's exterior a new paint job. You've already picked the paint colour, but are unsure on which tools are needed to get the job done right.
Using the right materials and equipment will not only make the task easier but
also ensure that you'll be proud of the results and enjoy them for a long time.
Surface Preparation Tools
Surface preparation is crucial in painting exteriors. It is essential to have a dry, clean surface and the appropriate prep tools at your disposal. (Depending on the size of
the exterior you need to prep, a power washer can be used to help clean the surface faster.)
A scraper or flexible putty knife is essential in removing cracked or peeling paint.
Clean surfaces with soap, water and a cloth. You can apply caulking compound or putty
to cracks, nail holes, or other surface depressions with a caulking gun or a putty knife.
You can remove powder from mineral leaching on stucco and masonry by using a steel wool or wire brush. For smoothing out imperfections, sags, drips, or runs, use sandpaper, and then remove sanding dust with a damp, lint-free cloth.
Painting Tools: Brush, Roller, or Spray Gun?
Once you've properly prepared the surface, you're ready to paint. Depending on the type of surface you are painting, paints may be applied with a nylon/polyester brush,
a roller, or a sprayer.
Spray guns cover large areas more quickly than brushes or rollers and are the most efficient way to paint most large exterior surfaces.
Brushing takes considerably longer, but is ideal for windows and intricate trim work. Many professional painters use a combination of both methods, spraying to quickly get paint on the surface, followed by back brushing to spread the paint out evenly.
Rollers are also excellent tools for painting large areas more quickly than brushes when not using a spray gun. They can be used for painting walls, stucco, concrete, or any other flat surface.
Nylon and polyester blended brushes are the best choice for all latex paints and coatings.
A natural China bristle brush is the best choice for oil-based paints, stains, epoxies, and varnishes because natural bristles will soak up the water and go limp in water-based paints.
Brushes vary in size. The larger 10.2 - 12.7 cm (4 - 5 inches) brush is recommended for larger areas. A 6.4 - 7.6 cm (2.5 - 3 inches) one is perfect for any trim and corner work, and a 2.5 - 5.1 cm (1 - 2 inches) brush is ideal for small spaces, tight trim areas, touch-ups, and detail work.
Rollers can be used to apply both latex and oil coatings, and do a fine job with gloss and semi-glass coatings.
The standard roller length is 22.9 cm (9 inches). For larger, flat areas, use a 35.6 cm or 45.7 cm (14 or 18 inches) roller to get the job done more quickly. For smaller areas, like corners around window frames, a 10.2 cm or 17.8 cm (4 or 7 inches) roller cover may be used.
Here's a list of painting supplies you'll need to give your exterior a gorgeous and lasting makeover:
Surface Preparation Tools
- Dropcloths or tarps
- Cleaning cloths
- Caulking gun
- Joint compound
- Putty knife & putty
- Steel wool
- Wire brush
- Painter's tape
- Hammer & nail set
- Extension ladder
- Dust Mask
- Goggles or glasses
You can purchase these items at your local Benjamin Moore store.
- Primer & Paint
- Paint brushes
- Paint roller
- Paint pad applicators
- Paint paddles
- Roller trays
- Step ladder
- Mineral spirits/solvents (if using oil paint)