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Checklist: Painting Supplies List

Drop sheets

  • If you’re on a budget:

  • Cardboard boxes you’ve saved can be broken down and used and reused

  • Old bed sheets you want to retire,

  • Cheap thin plastic drop sheets from any hardware store, if you’re in a bind but we find them a risky, as things tend to get slippery

  • If you want to splurge:

  • Invest in a heavy duty one with a plastic lining to prevent paint from the possibility of seeping through

  • Paper towels

  • Great for clean up and drying out should periodically wash out your brush as you work every 2ish hours

  • Wet cloth/ bacteria wipes

  • Good for wiping off dust build up and grime on baseboards as it’s more durable than wet paper towel

  • Cleans wet paint nicely if you manage to drip

  • T.S.P. (Tri-Sodium Phosphate)

  • Depends on the job, and the severity of build up of dirt and grease you may need to remove

  • We’ll use it to prep a floor if we’re painting it. In a kitchen around a cooking area if there is a build up, or for garage doors to remove dirt and make sure the new paint has good adhesion, or particularly grungy baseboards perhaps…not always necessary before painting

  • Painters tape

  • Most professional painters rarely, if ever, use tape when painting

  • Instead they use a technique called cutting when edging a room, which requires a steady hand, an angled/ tapered brush and a leading bead of paint…it requires a lot of practice..we have yet to fully master the skill

  • It’s definitely worth investing in the frog tape if you want a nice clean sharp line, as it eliminates bleed.

  • Necessary for deep, high contrast colours (from wall to ceiling or accent walls)

  • Important: peel tape after first coat of colour while paint is still wet (within 5 minutes of painting preferably)

  • Note: you only paint within 1-2cm of the edge on your second coat

  • We use cheap green tape more for siliconing bathroom showers and counters but it does an adequate job if there is not a high contrast between two colours and you don’t mind doubling back to touch up things after you peel back the tape

  • Sandpaper (and grip) and/or Sanding Sponge

  • You can wrap sandpaper around a rectangular block/a flat piece of wood that fits comfortably in your hand to sand new plaster patches or take off miniature dried flecks of paint left from the roller

  • Not effective on bumps and patches that have been poorly sanded and painted over already (you’re better off with a hand power tool at that point)

  • Buying a sanding pad handle makes things easier

  • It’s a must if you’re sanding a lot of fresh plaster work

  • If you’ve just primed new drywall, it might be in your better interest to get a sanding pad that attaches to a pole and give a quick pass before and in between coats

  • Tiny bits of paint can form on your newly painted surface from drywall dust

  • Painting rods

  • You can drop some serious change on an extendable one, but they come in multiple sizes, so pick one that accommodates your height and the height of walls and ceilings you’ll be working on. If you can afford it, buy a couple of sizes

  • If you don’t have the budget, most rollers are designed to screw on to a standard broom pole…can be a real life saver, if you find you’re without one and painting a ceiling

  • DryDex and a spatula

  • Goes on pink and dries white, when it’s completely white you know it’s safe to sand

  • Make sure you take off excess material while it’s wet and pliable, trying to attain the flattest surface to blend into what’s existing

  • Come back and do a second pass once its fully dry, if you need to

  • The less the build up of DryDex you have, the less work you have sanding it

  • A two or three step ladder

  • Handy for cutting/edging ceilings and painting corners with your brush

  • Bags (grocery/garbage sizes)

  • Helpful for temporarily storing paint/brushes for a few hours to overnight if tightly sealed

  • Yogurt containers and their lids

  • Good for pouring paint to carry around for edging and painting corners with a brush

  • You can use a piece of plastic wrap over the top before putting on the lid to extend the shelf life of the paint for a couple of months in the container

  • Paint pourer

  • Keeps the can clean so the can’s lid can maintain a good seal for storage for years to come

  • Stir sticks

  • If the colour hasn’t been mixed that day, best to give it a stir

  • Paint can opener

  • Multihead screwdriver

  • Needed for removing light switch/outlet covers

  • Doubles as a sad paint can opener in a pinch

  • Utility knife and flat blade

  • Good for tidying up accidental paint on glass or removing those existing unsightly paint drips

  • Rollers

  • Quality brushes

  • We love Purdy brushes, it’s a bit more expensive but once you use them you’ll know why

  • If you take proper care of them, they’ll last you quite some time

  • Paint brush comb (optional for cleanup)

  • Microfiber roller sleeves

  • You’ll want wet your hand and run it over new roller sleeves to help remove lint that can end up embedded in your paint before using

  • Get a sleeve with a good nap (3/8”-1/2” nap) as it holds a good amount of paint and minimizes risk of milking the roller effect..remember always make sure your roller is well loaded with paint

  • Can be washed and reused several times

  • Mini roller and it’s tray with both foam and microfiber options

  • Microfiber helps maintain eggshell texture for walls but if your looking for a flatter finish texture foam is the way to go

  • Paint trays and disposable liners

  • Liners can get a few uses, assuming it had the time to fully dry between colours

Do you have any other supplies you can't live without?

Do you have any questions about the items on this list?

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