What To Put In Your Interior Paint Job ToolKit

Painting is a good DIY job because you don’t have to worry about messing up the structure of the house, just the look. If you’re tackling a painting job, here are the materials needed to paint a room. 

Here’s what you need in your toolkit before you begin to paint:

  • Painters tape for trim, ceiling, and detail work

  • Dropcloth to reduce cleanup

  • Paint roller and replacement rollers

  • Paintbrush for smaller detail work

  • Paint tray

  • Ladder – do NOT attempt to use furniture as a step stool

  • Paint

  • Primer

  • Sandpaper

  • Filling compound to repair any holes or dents

  • Putty knife

  • Rags

Should I use a product that combines paint and primer?

Now a days, most paint is a paint and primer. However, that is not a substitute for a primer. The job of a primer is to help the paint adhere to the surface you’re painting – and not all primers perform the same function. Some are meant to suppress stains, while others are meant to make your chosen paint colour look more saturated.

Using the proper tinted primer can actually help cut down on the number of coats you need to give a room.

It can save a lot of work. A lot more work than using a paint and primer combination would.

What kind of paints are best for interior painting?

There’s more to selecting your paint than simply picking a color. The type of paint can actually vary from room to room.  Do you need something durable that will stand up to mess? Or maybe you need something to complement a room that gets a lot of extra light. Here’s a basic guide to the types of paints you’ll come across and where they’re best applied.

Flat or matte paints have a low reflective finish and dry quickly. They’re good for covering up imperfections, but they aren’t very durable. It’s good for the bedrooms, the living room, or the ceiling.  Satin and or eggshell paints reflect more light than matte paint and is shinier as a finish, and easier to clean. It works well for higher traffic areas – hallways, kitchens, and bathrooms. 

Semi-gloss is a high sheen paint that’s good for rooms that get a lot of moisture like kitchens, bathrooms, and playrooms. Why? It’s durable and can be scrubbed – so any grease splatter or other grime can be wiped clean. It’s also a great choice for doors and cabinets.

Oil paint or latex paint?

Oil-based paints are strong and durable – but they take longer to dry than latex paints. Since they’re more durable, painting your trims with oil paint is a good idea because they tend to take a much bigger beating than the rest of the wall.

Oil-based paints are made with either synthetic or natural oils, though synthetic tends to be the norm as it’s less expensive and stronger overall.

You’ll have an easier time working with latex-based paints, and they dry faster than their oil-based counterpart, but it’s not quite as strong. It makes a good choice for those areas that won’t see as much wear and tear, like a ceiling. 

Like I said before, not all primers are the same. Make sure you get a corresponding primer for the type of paint you’ve chosen.

As with most things in the home, there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to the kind of paint you choose. You’ll find reasons to use both oil and latex paint throughout your home. 

Just because painting is a job that’s relatively easy for a homeowner to tackle, doesn’t mean you can go into the job unequipped,uniformed and unprepaired. Avoid mistakes by making sure you’ve got the right tools, setup, and knowledge.

If you have home painting needs, whether interior or exterior, that you don't feel like tackling call Let Me Fix It Handyman Service at 402-401-4176.

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