The best painting tools for the job will make your work A LOT easier. Let’s see which painters tools are the best, we will start with 5 BIG TIMESAVING Paint Tools.
Painting a Wall
Painting Tips Interior

How to Paint a Wall? Big Tip: Skip the Tape, You Will Thank Me!

How to Paint a Wall? Let me count the ways. Ok, here is the short version: you will see all over the internet all these people telling you how to use tape, and how to clean the walls, brush first, etc etc. Well, they clearly read the manual written by someone who read a manual, but in practice, you just jump in. It’s just not brain surgery.

Coats of Paint
Painting Tips Interior

How Long to Wait Between Coats of Paint?

Please be careful here: there is a danger behind easy answers to the question of how long to wait between coats of paint. Generally, people want to get it over with I know, I know.

walls recently touch up with paint
Painting Tips Interior

How to Touch Up Paint in 4 Steps

Learning how to touch up paint takes experience. But don’t worry, we’ll hold your hand through these steps. In decades of painting, we’ve done it a few times.

Paint, Primer & Stain

Best Caulk (All Types of Caulk)

So many types of caulk, but what is the best caulk?
Let’s simplify it starting with caulk for painting, then for shower, tub, sink and for masonry, metal, etc.

Paint Walls or Trim First
Painting Tips Interior

Paint Walls or Trim First? 3 Amazing Tips

You paint the trim first, but not using a brush! Here are 3 steps and 1 awesome secret (some pros don’t even know) on how to make this quick and easy (video included).

paint brushes that needs cleaning
Paint Clean Up

The Best Way to Clean Paint Brush

Lazy? Soak baby.  The best way to clean a paint brush start simply by soaking it. We find a bath tub if there is no utility sink and we routinely put off cleaning for the night and let the brush soak in the bucket.  The next day it is so easy to clean as over night the floating brush and roller lets the paint falls to the bottom of the bucket.

Old Plaster Walls Ready for Painting
Painting Tips Interior

Painting Plaster Walls in 5 Easy Steps

Painting plaster walls is not at all difficult.  If your house is old, it will have plaster, sometimes called ‘horsehair plaster’ on the walls. The old workers used the tail hair from horses to mix in with the plaster to give it strength.

High quality caulking guns
Tool Reviews

Best Caulking Gun: The Real Top Guns!

Here you will find the best caulking gun for the money. We argue that a quality dripless caulk gun is worth the few dollars extra: it will last for generations. Oddly, the best caulk guns have been made in England for at least 3 decades. Go figure.

Paint, Primer & Stain

Can You Use Exterior Paint Inside? Be Careful Here!

Please be careful—using exterior paints indoors is poison! We all want to re-use and recycle, (and save money). I was recently asked in an email, “Can you use exterior paint inside my bathroom?

Man using a high quality finish nailer on trim
Nailer

Best Finish Nailer (for Value and Durability)

Either you are just getting your first nailgun (you’re in the right place) or you are switching from electric or pneumatic – We picked through the current market to offer you choices on the very best trim nailer.

Pick Wall Paint Colors with good light
Design

Best Way to Pick Wall Paint Colors

As a painting contractor, I “never give color advice”.  That is something that can come back to bite a painter later on! Having said that here are some tips I think you will find useful to pick wall paint colors yourself.

Woman working with a Quality Pin Nailer
Nailer

Best Pin Nailer (Electric and Pneumatic)

Here are the best quality and best deals: the best pin nailers, in both electric and pneumatic. There are some combos and some accessories we all need after our list.

Worker with a Paint respirator Mask to Protect Lungs
Best Painting Tools

Best Respirator Mask – Use Only What You Need

Finding the best respirator mask gets very complicated very quickly: what filter on what mask? Of the many, many types of respirator for painting, we present some clarity: we’ll order a la carte. Read the short guide below to find the right mask for the job.

woman sitting on a floor that needs painting
Paint, Primer & Stain

Best Floor Paint: Only 1 Coat!

You are in luck. Applying floor paint is the easiest thing we painters do when you use the best floor paint because you will only need one coat when using high-quality floor paint. Don’t thank me, thank gravity.

Worker preparing walls for painting
Painting Tips Interior

Preparing Walls for Painting Efficiently

For re-painting walls, below you’ll find all the steps you need for preparing walls for —paintingfrom before you start up to the finished product. We will review all the potential problems you might encounter.

room painted with best interior paint
Paint, Primer & Stain

Best Interior Paint and One Awesome Timesaving Tip

The best interior will make your work A LOT easier, because the color holds longer, applies more evenly, each coat is much thicker, and it cleans up easier. We will show you a secret painting tip to go very fast. Let’s see first which paint is the best.  Don’t believe commercials.

Man working on a high quality ladder
Best Painting Tools

The Best Ladder Will Make Your Work Quicker & Safer

Today’s best ladders are safe, well-built, slip resistant, and many are multi-use, the best value is a ladder that is versatile. We keep small step stools in the kitchen and under the clotheslines and a step ladders of various sizes for our storage nooks.

Good Paint storage
Paint, Primer & Stain

How Long is Paint Good For?

Paint stored correctly will be good for decades. There are however a few problems that will determine how long is paint good for. Big safety issue!

Paint, Primer & Stain

How Many Coats of Paint in Every Situation

Good news: if you are not changing colors you’ll be fine with one coat of quality paint (look up your situation below). If you try to save money on watery paint, this rule will not apply. (The watery stuff will not get you where you want to be in two coats!) Quality applicators and paint are less expensive and less frustrating than you think and are easy to clean. Here we go.

rolling paint primer on wood
Paint, Primer & Stain

Paint and Primer in One: The Best and When to Use It

We list here the good paint and primer in one and when you can use them. Be very careful and consider the results you will get if you use a paint and primer in one step. I have seen a lot of ads pushing this idea of one-coat painting, but that just plays to people’s idea that painting is a drag and one coat would be quick and easy. It is not messy and it is not hard to clean up.

best-paint-roller-for-large-room-painting
Best Painting Tools

Best Paint Roller & Roller Painting Tips

We picked the best paint roller for 2 budgets: 1) Low-budget, 2) Best. Tips on how to paint with a roller are at the bottom of the post. Surprise: homeowners can easily afford professional painting rollers and get the same results! It’s not brain surgery.

Man working with a quality screw gun
Tool Reviews

The Best Screw Gun (and Cool Accessories)

Don’t know if he/she already has a screw gun? It doesn’t matter they will be very happy to have more than one! Here are all the best screw gun with accessories you did not know about.

paint resistant mold
Paint, Primer & Stain

Mold Resistant Paint (with 6 Easy Steps to Paint Over Mold)

Mold resistant paint does not kill mold! But you can relax, the process of stopping mold is very do-able. A little elbow grease, a little mold killing primer (the good stuff) and you are ready to paint. Whew. I’m glad I stopped you from just painting over that mold!

Deck

Spray Wood Stain: Zero-Maintenance Deck Stain Treatment

I’m personally happy to share this a once-in-a-lifetime deck treatment. As a professional painter, I’ve learned to avoid bothering with decks. With this eco-green-chemical change to your wood, you’ll have time for more important things!

Painting Tips Interior

For Canadian Painters Only

My time living and working in Canada has always been great.  One problem for a painter though: painters in the US mostly use a 5-gallon bucket, a screen, and a 9-inch roller frame/cage.  Why is that?  It’s fast man.   Nobody ever stepped in a big bucket! Well, not as far as you know.

example of wood stain that you can paint over
Painting Tips Interior

Can You Paint Over Stain? “It’s not THAT Complicated”

Can you paint over stain? Any stain? Yes! These days all the realtors you work for ask you if you can paint over stain: cabinets, floors, trim. It’s like a mantra. I love wood, but sometimes you do what you gotta do. Lucky you, you don’t need to strip the varnish or polyurethane off!