The best painting tools for the job will make your work A LOT easier.
No long reviews here: we cut to the chase. We found the best paint sprayer for walls in each price range worth your hard-earned money. Based on our experience and after extensive research on airless paint sprayers, here are the only quality interior paint sprayer we trust for the money.
Really no need for a lot of words on these great tools: paint power rollers do not need much getting used to. Easy to set up and start rolling. Here’s what you should look for.
Let’s knock this puppy O-U-T. The short list of what you need: First, choices for the best basement floor paints around, then how to paint a basement floor made easy.
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.
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).
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.
This is no doubt the best way to get the stain onto the surface, but many stains will ruin a garden sprayer not built to take the chemical heat. As a pro, I use the same sprayers reviewed here (mine is very old!) The work goes quickly and comes out great. But it’s not just ‘spray and walk away’: there are some tricks.
After it has been prepped and primed well, the house paint you are already using is perfectly proper to use as a garage door paint. But you can also add longer-lasting protection with some very good top brand paints. Garage doors get beat up, so we tell customers to use the best.
If you have been searching for garage floor paint, you now see the bewildering array of styles or types of floor coatings (not all of them are truly called paints). We picked the best of each category.
Shopping you will see off-brand coatings showing beautiful photos with what they call the best garage floor paint. Really? Show me the floor in 10 years.
The biggest cause of painting concrete failure (not bonding, delamination, bubbling, etc.), is poor prep. We will explained how to paint concrete floors step by step. With links to the all-important concrete prep (testing, to etch or now, cleaning, rinsing, etc).
What concrete paint to put on your floor depends on your comfort with the look and lifespan. Some customers of ours are very picky and want a perfect high-gloss epoxy and others just want a budget facelift. We also link you to every topic you need to consider: from cleaning to cleanup.
Here’s how to prep concrete for paint or for any type of coating. If your concrete slab has been sealed or not, it’s here. We looked around the ‘net and saw some “expert” DIY sites focussing on acid etching. Wow, sexy. But you need to think outside the sex.
Don’t be put off by eco-friendly concrete cleaners: today they are equal to the stuff you knew from days gone by. These really work.
Concrete that has either been sealed or trowled to a very smooth profile is not paintable without etching. Concrete etching is done either mechanically with a grinder (several options this way) or chemically with an acid wash (two options this way).
Here is the list of drywall sander tools and extras that all the pros use…different styles for different budgets.
Here are the main methods for concrete testing: several for moisture and one for alkalinity. If you have any doubt, do these tests before painting concrete. Most of these you can do yourself, but what you need a professional for is discussed as well.
Painting stained trim and painting varnished wood trim is very do-able, but the sequence is a bit time-consuming. The one “must” is deglossing, and using a quality primer. Doing it yourself will likely save you many hundreds of clams.
In 35+ years, I have painted many miles of trim, with many to go. The two types of the best trim paint we use…and why…is explained here. It’s a no brainer. Save money.
In this photo of a coat hanger, the painter did not use a stain blocking primer. Below we explain what product to use for different kinds of stains, including stained wood trim, and why.
Thinking of painting your trim with a brush? Sit down, my friend. Let me show you the way of the Force. We FLY when we’re painting wood trim, or when we’re painting trim of any kind.
It can be a tough choice, but you only need to answer one question, Clint.
There will be times that you need a nail set, even if you have the best nail gun with depth adjustment. We also have a tip for hole filling, plus a beginners guide for how to set a nail, and more.
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.
You have to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, you found our picks for the very best framing nailer on the market…we chose the best quality…for the money.
Ah. No more smashed fingers or need for 3 arms (or split ends). But which brad nailer to buy? Ask Brad the Painter! My parents did not name me “Trim” or “Framing”!
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.
Whether you’re painting plywood walls, shelves, a shed, etc, you do have some good choices when it comes to plywood paint. Prep is key.
These days, removing latex paint is not the chore it used to be. There are safe paint removers and of course, the nasty ones will always be there.
You can damage many types of plastic with solvents like acetone, etc., so start with low-impact solvents and then move on to the harder stuff, like Bob Dylan.
We ARE going to get it off. If you don’t have what you need around the house, we’ll show you what you need to remove spray paint from any surface.
Whether it is wet or dry, we show how to get spray paint off skin. You probably already have what you need in the house, but there are some basic staples you might grab while you’re here.
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.
One. Often none. Extremely rarely, two. I know what other websites are saying: 2 coats of drywall primer on new walls. Bunk.
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!
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?
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.