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.
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.
Whether you are using kitchen/bath silicone caulk, painter's caulk (the same as 'decorator's caulk'), glue or anything that you shoot out of a tube, you need to know the basics of how to use a caulk gun... it's not rocket science.
No long reviews here: we cut to the chase. We feel there is only one best paint sprayer for walls in any price range worth your hard-earned money. After extensive research, these are the only quality interior paint sprayer we trust for the money.
These new tools and new tool gift ideas are my pet collection: everytime a see a cool new tool, I put it here. These are our favorite top tools for the handy-person who has everything, or not enough of anything.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We'll list the steps you will need to know how to prepare for painting drywall.
We'll explain each step from the start of a brand new wall up to the finished product.
We will start by how to prep drywall for paint.
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.
My favorite painter pants have pockets for knee pads: just slip them out before washing. But I’m a freak. I buy good tools that work and I buy work pants, painters pants with knee pad pockets: this works. They last.
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.
We are not your normal painting company: we are giving away our secrets. I'm near retirement age, and I like blogging more than painting, so here are some room painting tips that your painter won't tell you.
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.
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.
All you really need to know: Cheap paint will kill you! Volatile Organic Compounds, VOCs have already been removed by paint makers on the cutting edge of paint technology. Many VOCs are carcinogens. Be aware of the danger, and learn about low VOC paint.
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.
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.
About Brad the Painter
Brad the Painter – Painting Tips by a Professional offers advice and recommendations on how to do your painting project well, safe and fast. You’ll find tips known only to the pros, and tools that save time and money. Brad has been in the business for well over 30 years, and is now in semi-retirement passing on the secrets to you. There really need not be any dread of painting by yourself. There are tools that do not cost much that save you time and cut through frustration.
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