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Best Painting Tools

As a painter for over 35 years, I've done tons of painting: literally. These are tools that save you time and cut through frustration. This page contains every painting tools you need to jump in. I'm with you.

Articles on Painting Tools

Painting Basic Tools

Here are the main top-quality painting tools that we recommend. Our view is that using high-quality tools cuts the labor involved and saves time and money in the end. You can read more details about those tools in our article

Top Choice
5/5


Purdy 144080225 Nylox Series Dale Angular
Any water-based product – bristles find corners by themselves – try the 2.5″

Bucket System

5-GALLON WHITE ALL PURPOSE Durable
So many uses: better than trays for rolling; need 3-4 for spraying

Bucket System

 


Wooster Five-Gallon Paint Bucket Screen/Grid
Insert into 5-gallon bucket shown just above

HANDY for PRO


Chemical Guys Bucket Dolly
Nice to slide 5-gallon bucket instead of lifting as you roll along

Essential

 

Wooster 9″ Roller Frame, R017
Won’t break like others; fits both screw-type and quick-lock poles

Essential

The Wooster Roller Cover 3/4-Inch Nap, 3-Pack
Our go-to cover – fine for stains, paints, primers – won’t shed like budget ones

DEAL


6 Rolls Multi Use Painters Green Masking Tape
Use alone or to refill 3M hand masker

Top Choice
5/5

Wooster Brush Sherlock GT Convertible Extension Pole
A painter’s right hand; works with both screw-type and quick-lock roller frames

 

HANDY for PRO

3-Step Ladder Platform Lightweight Folding Stool
This goes with us on every job – very stable and light

Top Choice
5/5

Cone Paint Filter Screen, 50 Pack of Paint Strainers
Essential for spraying, and for straining lumps out of old paint

Life Saver


Canvas 9 x 12 Cotton Drop Cloth
We use various sizes – these can be cut for 2 ‘runners’ for walls

Tray Kit

PURDY Painters Kit, 4-Piece, 140810001 
If you prefer tray to bucket: other brands’ rollers & brushes shed lint & bristles

Essential

Sherwin Williams Professional Quality Masking Tape, 60 yards
For making straight lines – glue sticks in 3 hours (green tape for longer)

Paint Sprayers & Accessories

You can go much faster with your painting job with a good paint sprayer. Here are the main recommendations. You can read more about our top choices paint sprayers here

Top Choice
5/5

Graco Magnum X5 Stand Airless Paint Sprayer
Designed for home-owners – reliable with great resale value

DIY Project

Wagner FLEXiO Sprayer, 590
More of a project sprayer – load one quart at a time

Time Saving


Graco Pressure Roller Kit, 244512
Works with any Graco airless – cuts rolling time in half (or less)

HANDY for PRO

Graco Cart Pro Connect Paint Sprayer, 17C305 Pro210ES
Pricey for professional use – top gun…period.

Time Saving

Graco Sprayer Wand Extension w/Tip Guard, choice 3 lengths
Works with either Graco airless – makes spraying much easier, faster

Low Budget

REXBETI Ultimate Paint Sprayer 500-watt
Very good reviews and growing.​

Helpful Painting Tools

Depending on your painting job, you will need some of those helpers – I use them a lot for sure

Life Saver


3M Respirator – Half Facepiece; choose size on page
Mask without filters – Need filter kit below or buy filters separately

Life Saver


Paint Respirator Supply Kit
Use with 3M masks – contains chemical and outer filters plus clip

Top Choice
5/5


3M Mold Remediation Respirator Kit 68097
Protect eyes and lungs- chemical cartridges sold separately

Essential

 

2 Edge Knife 5-in-1 multi tool
There is a different multi-tool in the prep section, but this one has a razor knife – also cleans rollers etc.

HANDY for PRO

Purdy Skinny Mini Roller Frame, 22 inch x 3/4 inch
We keep it handy for behind the toilet, behind radiators – even small ceilings

Top Choice
5/5

Blaklader Painter Pants White 30 28
If you don’t have them, you’ll never know freedom at work – comes without pads (see next)

Life Saver

Blaklader Workwear Light Duty Knee Pads for Pants 
Pads for the Blaklader pants – we can drop quickly with no fear

Life Saver

NoCry Professional Knee Pads with Heavy Duty Foam
Real freedom comes from cushy knee pads – also for cleaning chores

Timesaving Painting Tools

Here what the pro are using to save time while painting. More details about how we use them in our article.

DIY Project


Sun Joe Pressure Joe 2030 PSI, 1.76 GPM, 14.5-Amp Electric
First phase of any deck work; essential add-on is the rotating tip

DIY Project


Sun Joe SPX-TSN-34S Quick-Connect Turbo Head Spray Nozzle
Rotating tip prevents water pressure damage to wood

Time Saving


Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier
Sucks the moisture out of the air – paint dries much quicker

HANDY for PRO

Top Choice
5/5

3M Hand-Masker Pre-assembled Masking Film Kit, M3000
Very helpful with spray or any masking; protect larger areas from stain/paint

 

3M Hand-Masker Masking Film, 72-Inch
For use with 3M hand masker; for protecting large-size surfaces (windows, etc)

DEAL


6 Rolls Multi Use Painters Green Masking Tape
Use alone or to refill 3M hand masker

HANDY for PRO


Trimaco Masking Paper 24-inch x 1000-feet; better than 3M
For use with 3M hand masker; for protecting medium-size surfaces

Essential


Patton PUF1810C-BM 18-Inch High Velocity Fan
We never do a job without it – dries paint quickly & sucks fumes out window

HANDY for PRO

Little Giant 17-Foot Velocity Multi-Use Ladder, 300-Pound
Step ladder with many configurations – comes in 4 sizes

Painting Prep Tools

Here you have everything you need to prep your painting job. How to use them is described in our articles on painting. Doing a good prep job with the right painting tools is key for your next step. 

                       

Cleaning Tools & Supplies

We explained how to use those tools in our posts: how to clean paint rollers and paint brushes. It is quick and easy with the right painting tools. Those inexpensive cleaning tools will keep your quality brushes and rollers for a long time. Don’t buy cheap rollers and brushes and trow away – your walls will be cover with lints and hairs that the low quality roller and brushes have shed – waste of time and frustration are guarantee!

Essential

 

Purdy Wire Brush, 14-inch, with Scraper Tip, 140910200
To clean paint brushes (budget ones shed wires) – for rust too

Top Choice
5/5

Warner Paint Brush Comb & Roller Cover Cleaner, 279
Not for scraping off paint – used for combing brush bristles to dry straight

Essential

Purdy Brush and Roller Spinner Cleaning Tool, 140755200
Cleans roller covers and brushes very easily (see article)

HANDY




Titan Tools 2-Piece Multi-Purpose Razor Scraper Set
Removes paint from glass and used as any knife

Life Saver

Turpenoid Hypo-Allergenic Turpentine Substitute, 1 qt, Odorless
Safest mineral spirits available – highly recommended

For OIL

Motsenbocker’s Lift Off 443-45 Oil Paint Remover
How to tell if dried paint is latex or oil? Read How to Remove Paint 

Life Saver

GOJO Natural Citrus-Pumice Hand Cleaner
For cleaning hands of oil-based paint, primer, stain, grease

Painting Tools & Supplies

Products here are selected by a pro: reasonably priced, high-quality products. The key to doing quality work quickly is good painting tools.