When it comes to house painting in Sydney or anywhere, you’re only as good as the equipment you’re using, particularly if you have limited experience. So if you’re thinking about doing some DIY painting anytime soon your first consideration should be to make sure you’ve got all the gear! This article provides you with a checklist of the tools and equipment you’re going to need to get the job done with the best finish possible.
It’s pretty obvious that you’ll want to be wearing old clothes when painting, but the important thing is to remember that need to cover up as much of your skin as you can. The last thing you want is painted skin! Make sure what you’re wearing is comfortable and allows you to move around freely. Also, keep in mind that a hat and safety goggles may be appropriate.
This is very important as it is used to tape trims and ceilings, meaning you don’t part a surface that you aren’t wanting to paint. It is also handy to have if you’re painting around electrical fixtures, windows and in some cases even doors. Here are some simple tips for how to use it properly.
If you’re painting outdoors, a ladder is obviously necessary to reach the higher parts of your exterior. But even for indoor projects, you will find that it’s really handy and makes your job much easier.
Drop cloths are used to cover the floor and furniture from any paint that spills while you painting, and believe us when we say they’ll be quite a bit. You can be cheap, disposable plastic drop cloths but we’d highly recommend investing in canvas sheets, which will last you a lot longer and don’t present the same potential safety issues (as they don’t absorb the paint) and they’re a bit more user-friendly because you can bend them around doorways, etc.
Probably the most obvious point on this list, you’ll need a couple of different sized paint brushes in order to get a good finish. Smaller brushes are necessary for touch ups and can be useful for those corners. A paint roller isn’t an absolute necessity, but for big jobs it can save you a lot of time, allowing you to paint much faster.
There are few simple tips, if once learned, can help you to extend the lifetime of your paint work. If you don’t have any of the gear, you can see how it often makes sense to call up a professional and have them complete the job for you. Once you factor in the time and money spent on supplies, as well as the actual labour required on your part, often have a painting company handle it can be the smart choice.