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

Purdy Nylox Series Dale Angular Trim Paint Brush, 2-1/2 inch,144080225
Purdy Nylox Series Dale Angular Trim Paint Brush, 2-1/2 inch...

Any water-based product - bristles find corners by themselves - try the 2.5"

$13.40
Wooster 9" Roller Frame, R017
Wooster 9" Roller Frame, R017

Won't break like others; fits both screw-type and quick-lock poles

$6.91
Wooster Brush Sherlock GT Convertible Extension Pole, various sizes,SR090
Wooster Brush Sherlock GT Convertible Extension Pole, variou...

A painter's right hand; works with both screw-type and quick-lock roller frames

$19.99
Warner 5-Gallon Plastic Bucket, Pale
Warner 5-Gallon Plastic Bucket, Pale

Instead of tray/pan we use this with screen shown just below: so much better

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Wooster Five-Gallon Paint Bucket Screen/Grid,  F0001
Wooster Five-Gallon Paint Bucket Screen/Grid, F0001

Insert into 5-gallon bucket shown just above

$3.46
The Wooster  Roller Cover 3/4-Inch Nap, 3-Pack, RR929-9 Super Fab
The Wooster Roller Cover 3/4-Inch Nap, 3-Pack, RR929-9 Supe...

Our go-to cover - fine for stains, paints, primers - won't shed like budget ones

$14.69
3-Step Ladder Platform Lightweight Folding Stool 330 LBS Cap Space Saving w/Tray
3-Step Ladder Platform Lightweight Folding Stool 330 LBS Cap...

This goes with us on every job - very stable and light

$51.99
PURDY Painters Kit, 4-Piece, 140810001
PURDY Painters Kit, 4-Piece, 140810001

If you prefer tray to bucket: other brands' rollers&brushes shed lint&bristles

$19.69
Canvas 9 x 12 Cotton Drop Cloth
Canvas 9 x 12 Cotton Drop Cloth

We use various sizes - these can be cut for 2 'runners' for walls

$19.95
6 Rolls Multi Use Painters Masking Tape
6 Rolls Multi Use Painters Masking Tape

Use alone or to refill 3M hand masker (see Timesaving section for masker)

$29.99
Sherwin Williams Professional Quality Masking Tape, 60 yards
Sherwin Williams Professional Quality Masking Tape, 60 yards

For making straight lines - glue sticks in 3 hours (green tape for longer)

$8.98
Cone Paint Filter Screen, 50 Pack of Paint Strainers with Fine Blue Nylon Mesh
Cone Paint Filter Screen, 50 Pack of Paint Strainers with Fi...

Essential for spraying, and for straining lumps out of old paint

$8.96
Chemical Guys Bucket Dolly
Chemical Guys Bucket Dolly

Nice to slide 5-gallon bucket instead of lifting as you roll along

$39.99

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

Graco Magnum X5 Stand Airless Paint Sprayer, 262800
Graco Magnum X5 Stand Airless Paint Sprayer, 262800

Designed for home-owners - reliable with great resale value

$319.00
Graco Cart Pro Connect Paint Sprayer, 17C305 Pro210ES
Graco Cart Pro Connect Paint Sprayer, 17C305 Pro210ES

Pricey for professional use - top gun...period.

$899.00
Graco Tip Extension with Tip Guard, 30-Inch, 243043
Graco Tip Extension with Tip Guard, 30-Inch, 243043

Works with either Graco above - makes spraying much easier, faster

$42.99
Graco Pressure Roller Kit, 244512
Graco Pressure Roller Kit, 244512

Works with either Graco above - cuts rolling time in half (or less)

$87.00
Wagner FLEXiO Sprayer, 590
Wagner FLEXiO Sprayer, 590

More of a project sprayer - load one quart at a time

$118.00
CDF 5HD-200 | 5 Gallon EZ-Strainer insert | Particle Free Liquids | 200 Micron for Filtering Paint | White Mesh
CDF 5HD-200 | 5 Gallon EZ-Strainer insert | Particle Free Li...

A mesh net bag that fits over 5-gal bucket - always strain even new paint

$15.20

Helpful Painting Tools

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

3M Respirator - Half Facepiece, Reusable, Medium, 6200/07025(AAD)
3M Respirator - Half Facepiece, Reusable, Medium, 6200/07025...

This is the mask without filters. See our main page that explains filters

$10.75
3M Mold Remediation Respirator Kit 68097, Medium (Includes a 3M Full Facepiece 6000 and two pairs of 3M Particulate Filters 2097, P100)
3M Mold Remediation Respirator Kit 68097, Medium (Includes a...

Protect eyes and lungs- see our respirator post that simplifies filters

$109.92
2 Edge Knife 5-in-1 multi tool
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.

$16.86
BLACK+DECKER Lithium 3.6-Volt 3 Position Rechargeable Screwdriver, Li2000
BLACK+DECKER Lithium 3.6-Volt 3 Position Rechargeable Screwd...

So many screws to deal with on a painting job: B&D really lasts

$15.50
Forney Seamless String Knit Unisex Gloves, X-Large, 12-Pack, 53272
Forney Seamless String Knit Unisex Gloves, X-Large, 12-Pack,...

We cut off the fingertips and keep them damp while working - like wearing a rag

$16.94
NoCry Professional Knee Pads with Heavy Duty Foam Padding and Comfortable Gel Cushion, Strong Double Straps and Adjustable Easy-Fix Clips
NoCry Professional Knee Pads with Heavy Duty Foam Padding an...

Real freedom comes from cushy knee pads - also for cleaning chores

$21.49
Blaklader Painter Pants White 30 28
Blaklader Painter Pants White 30 28

If you don't have them, you'll never know freedom at work - comes without pads (see next)

$59.95
Blaklader Workwear Light Duty Knee Pads for Pants - 1-set of 2 - One Size - Lightweight Foam - Grey
Blaklader Workwear Light Duty Knee Pads for Pants - 1-set of...

Pads for the above Blaklader pants - we can drop quickly with no fear

$10.95
50-ft Outdoor Heavy Duty 3-Outlet Lighted by Watt's Wire, SJTW Indoor/Outdoor Extension Cord - Yellow 50' 12-Gauge Grounded 15-Amp Three-Prong Power-Cord (50 foot 12-Awg)
50-ft Outdoor Heavy Duty 3-Outlet Lighted by Watt's Wir...

Splits to 3 outlets, lighted ends - very helpful and the reviews are 100% 5-star

$43.97
Dr Infrared Heater DR-838 Family Red Ceramic Space Heater with Adjustable Thermostat
Dr Infrared Heater DR-838 Family Red Ceramic Space Heater wi...

Warms room quickly so paint dries much faster - suitable for any room

$32.99
Purdy Skinny Mini Roller Frame, 22 inch x 3/4 inch, 14A770024
Purdy Skinny Mini Roller Frame, 22 inch x 3/4 inch, 14A77002...

We keep it handy for behind the toilet, behind radiators - even small ceilings

$9.66

Timesaving Painting Tools

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

Sun Joe Pressure Joe 2030 PSI, 1.76 GPM, 14.5-Amp Electric Pressure Washer,SPX3000
Sun Joe Pressure Joe 2030 PSI, 1.76 GPM, 14.5-Amp Electric P...

First phase of any deck work; essential add-on is the rotating tip

$85.00
Sun Joe SPX-TSN-34S Quick-Connect Turbo Head Spray Nozzle
Sun Joe SPX-TSN-34S Quick-Connect Turbo Head Spray Nozzle

Rotating tip prevents water pressure damage to wood

$10.52
3M Hand-Masker Pre-assembled Masking Film Kit, M3000
3M Hand-Masker Pre-assembled Masking Film Kit, M3000

Very helpful with spary or not: protect larger areas from stain/paint

$77.79
6 Rolls Multi Use Painters Masking Tape
6 Rolls Multi Use Painters Masking Tape

Use alone or to refill 3M hand masker (see Timesaving section for masker)

$29.99
Trimaco Masking Paper 24-inch x 1000-feet, 12104/BL24
Trimaco Masking Paper 24-inch x 1000-feet, 12104/BL24

For use with 3M hand masker; for protecting medium-size surfaces

$37.91
3M Hand-Masker Masking Film, 72-Inch
3M Hand-Masker Masking Film, 72-Inch

For use with 3M hand masker; for protecting large-size surfaces (windows, etc)

$11.47
Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier with Effortless Humidity Control, White
Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier with Effortless Humidity Con...

Sucks the moisture out of the air - paint dries much quicker

$253.00
Patton PUF1810C-BM 18-Inch High Velocity Fan
Patton PUF1810C-BM 18-Inch High Velocity Fan

We never do a job without it - dries paint quickly & sucks fumes out window

$79.02
Finether Aluminum Work Platform Drywall Step Up Folding Work Bench|Portable Stool Ladder with Non-Slip Mat and Side Handle
Finether Aluminum Work Platform Drywall Step Up Folding Work...

Saves leg muscles - like a very wide step ladder

$62.99
Little Giant 17-Foot Velocity Multi-Use Ladder, 300-Pound Duty Rating, 15417-001
Little Giant 17-Foot Velocity Multi-Use Ladder, 300-Pound Du...

Step ladder with many configurations - comes in 4 sizes

$199.99
Wagner Spraytech, Multi-Room Powered Roller Cover and One Adapter, 3/8 in Nap
Wagner Spraytech, Multi-Room Powered Roller Cover and One Ad...

Budget power roller - also see Graco Magnum Sprayer/Roller

$79.99

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. 

Sun Joe Pressure Joe 2030 PSI, 1.76 GPM, 14.5-Amp Electric Pressure Washer,SPX3000
Sun Joe Pressure Joe 2030 PSI, 1.76 GPM, 14.5-Amp Electric P...

First phase of any deck work; essential add-on is the rotating tip

$85.00
Bosch Angle 5" Grinder Variable Speed with Paddle Switch, GWS13-50VSP
Bosch Angle 5" Grinder Variable Speed with Paddle Switc...

Safely rips away paint from wood, metal with disc shown below

$128.99
3M SandBlaster Grinder Disc 9681 4-1/2-Inch Coarse Clean-N-Strip Disc
3M SandBlaster Grinder Disc 9681 4-1/2-Inch Coarse Clean-N-S...

Fits all 4.5-5 inch angle grinders: may need adapter kit for some

$11.59
DEWALT Random Orbit Sander Kit, 5", DWE6421K
DEWALT Random Orbit Sander Kit, 5", DWE6421K

More for smoothing, feathering than for removal of paint

$59.00
Mestool 100 per box include 60 80 120 150 and 220 GRITS, 58-AP
Mestool 100 per box include 60 80 120 150 and 220 GRITS, 58-...

Works with any 5-inch hook & loop sander - trusted brand

$16.80
3M Garnet Sandpaper, 9-Inch by 11-Inch, Assorted-Grit, 5-Sheet (has 2x100,2x150,1x220)
3M Garnet Sandpaper, 9-Inch by 11-Inch, Assorted-Grit, 5-She...

5 sheets of assorted grit - would last a pro about a week

$5.41
3M Large Area Paint and Rust Stripper, 9099DCNA
3M Large Area Paint and Rust Stripper, 9099DCNA

Attach to any drill and remove paint from wood, metal, etc

$9.02
Motsenbocker's Lift Off – Spray Foam and Silicone Caulk Remover – Great on Showers, Baseboards, Stainless Steel, Ceramic, & More – Water-Based & Biodegradable – 16-Ounce Spray Bottle
Motsenbocker's Lift Off – Spray Foam and Silicone Caulk...

Softens old caulk that is to be removed - reduces labor greatly

$6.87
BioBarrier Mold / Grime Cleaner Prep Biodegradable - 32oz
BioBarrier Mold / Grime Cleaner Prep Biodegradable - 32oz

Non-toxic mold removal - the bleach alternative (no respirator needed)

$14.99
Savogran Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) 4.5lbs, 10622
Savogran Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) 4.5lbs, 10622

For deep clean of surfaces too dirty/greasy/slick to bond with paint

$19.00
Multi-Tool by Clauss 6-in-1 Titanium Non-Stick  Multi-Tool
Multi-Tool by Clauss 6-in-1 Titanium Non-Stick Multi-Tool

We use this every 5 minutes - pulls nails, cleans rollers, hammers nails, etc.

$6.94
3M 6200 Medium Respirator Face Piece 1/2 Mask
3M 6200 Medium Respirator Face Piece 1/2 Mask

We never travel without it - requires filters (see kit below)

$5.00
Paint Respirator Supply Kit
Paint Respirator Supply Kit

Use with 3M masks - contains chemical and outer filters plus clip

$14.44
3M Multi Gas/Vapor Cartridge/Filter 60926, P100 Respirator Protection  (Pack of 2)
3M Multi Gas/Vapor Cartridge/Filter 60926, P100 Respirator P...

This one for both dust and toxins; read respirator article for other types

$21.00
Red Devil Vinyl Spackling Quart, 1, White, Spackle,  0534 534
Red Devil Vinyl Spackling Quart, 1, White, Spackle, 0534 53...

Dries slower, but sands better than lightweight spackle - best for woodwork

$5.48
DAP INC 18742 Alex Flex PT Spackle, White
DAP INC 18742 Alex Flex PT Spackle, White

An excellent spackle - small holes will not shrink (large will need 2 coats)

$6.77
Hyde Tools 1-1/2" Putty Knife-Flexible High Carbon Steel Blade is Tempered and Satin Finished-Handle is Reinforced Polypropylene and is Solvent Resistant, 4101
Hyde Tools 1-1/2" Putty Knife-Flexible High Carbon Stee...

For spackling holes - more flexible than the multi-tool shown on this page

$4.59
Kilz Original Stain Killer Primer, Quart, 10002
Kilz Original Stain Killer Primer, Quart, 10002

Our main primer - stops water and wood staining from bleeding into paint

$21.97
BIN, Zinsser Quart - White Pigmented Shellac Primer-Sealer & Stain Killer, White, 1 Quart
BIN, Zinsser Quart - White Pigmented Shellac Primer-Sealer &...

For the stains that will bleed through other primers - alcohol based white shellac

$16.93
Rust-Oleum 272479 Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Plus Spray Primer, White
Rust-Oleum 272479 Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Plus Spray Primer,...

Stops all stans from bleeding through paint - oil based - wear respirator

$4.98
Dumond Chemicals Peel Away 1 Heavy-Duty Paint Remover, 1 1/4 Gallon Kit, 1160N
Dumond Chemicals Peel Away 1 Heavy-Duty Paint Remover, 1 1/4...

Nasty but efficient - removes layers of old paint

$53.37
Shop-Vac 16 gallon 6.5 HP Wet Dry Vacuum Long Life Motor, Uses Type U Cartridge Filter & Type R Foam Sleeve & Type G Filter Bag 5987400
Shop-Vac 16 gallon 6.5 HP Wet Dry Vacuum Long Life Motor, Us...

Don't use your house vac for drywall dust - sucks paint out of carpet

$165.48
Lead Paint Test Kit Dust Wipes, Schneider Labs, 10PK (5 Bus. Days)
Lead Paint Test Kit Dust Wipes, Schneider Labs, 10PK (5 Bus....

Cost of lab work is included in the purchase price - a must for old homes

$123.25

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 tools. Thos inexpensive 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!

Titan Tools 2-Piece Multi-Purpose Razor Scraper Set with Extra Razor Blades scraper knife, 17002
Titan Tools 2-Piece Multi-Purpose Razor Scraper Set with Ext...

Removes paint from glass and used as any knife

$8.99
Warner Paint Brush Comb & Roller Cover Cleaner, 279
Warner Paint Brush Comb & Roller Cover Cleaner, 279

Not for scraping off paint - used for combing brush bristles to dry straight

$7.95
Purdy Brush and Roller Spinner Cleaning Tool, 140755200
Purdy Brush and Roller Spinner Cleaning Tool, 140755200

Cleans roller covers and brushes very easily (see article)

$21.88
Purdy Wire Brush, 14-inch, with Scraper Tip, 140910200
Purdy Wire Brush, 14-inch, with Scraper Tip, 140910200

To clean paint brushes (budget ones shed wires) - for rust too

$6.99
Goof Off Professional Strength Remover, 6 oz,  FG661
Goof Off Professional Strength Remover, 6 oz, FG661

Removes dry latex paint from anything leaving no stain

$3.46
Motsenbocker's Lift Off 413-01 Latex Based Paint Remover
Motsenbocker's Lift Off 413-01 Latex Based Paint Remove...

How to tell if dried paint is latex or oil? Read How to Remove Paint from Plastic (Without Damage)

$9.39
Motsenbocker's Lift Off 443-45  Oil Paint Remover
Motsenbocker's Lift Off 443-45 Oil Paint Remover

How to tell if dried paint is latex or oil? Read How to Remove Paint from Plastic (Without Damage)

$22.43
GOJO Natural Citrus-Pumice Hand Cleaner, 14 fl oz Quick-Acting Lotion Cleaner Squeeze Bottle (0957-12)
GOJO Natural Citrus-Pumice Hand Cleaner, 14 fl oz Quick-Acti...

For cleaning hands of oil-based paint, primer, stain, grease

$4.67
Turpenoid Hypo-Allergenic Turpentine Substitute, 1 qt, Odorless, Martin & F. Weber Paint Thinner Mineral Spirits
Turpenoid Hypo-Allergenic Turpentine Substitute, 1 qt, Odorl...

Safest mineral spirits available - highly recommended

$12.39

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.