How to Get the Most Out of Your Painting Tools

There are plenty of different ways to approach painting today, with increasingly specialised options for paints and tools. Like any tools, though, painting tools are only as good as how they’re used. You need to know which option to use, as well as how to look after the tools, and it can get confusing if you’re not a trained professional.

Using a Roller

The quickest way to cover large expanses is to use emulsion with a roller, although you’re likely to need more coats. You can get different textures of roller sheath depending on the finish you want.

Non-drip emulsion should be poured into the reservoir of the paint tray till it’s about a third full, and the roller dipped in, with excess paint removed by rolling it on the ribbed bottom of the tray.

Move the roller over the surface at an even pressure and moderate speed, to avoid paint spray. For each load of paint, start in an unpainted area and work back, overlapping to give an even effect.

Using a Pad

Paint pads are flexible and make less mess than rollers, although they need to be reloaded more frequently. Pour the paint into a paint pad tray with a built-in paint roller, used to remove excess paint and spread it evenly. It’s important to get this right, otherwise the pad won’t give the right finish.

Starting close to a corner, keep the pad flat and move it with a scrubbing action. Work in strips about four times the pad’s width.

Using a Brush

The classic paint tool hasn’t been replaced by rollers and pads, since it’s still needed for corners and details. Depending on your need, you can buy a cheap brush and throw it away after one use or a more specialist one that will last long-term with care. There are several ways to store brushes to prevent them drying out:

  • Wrap them in cling film, making it as airtight as possible. This can also be used for rollers.
  • For water-based paints, work soap into the bristles and rinse. When they’re dry, wrap them in lint-free cloth, plastic bags, foil or brown paper.
  • For paints based on oil or solvent, suspend them in the recommended cleaning fluid, making sure the bristles don’t touch the bottom.
  • Alternatively for oil or solvent paints, store the brushes in a cleaning tub with the bristles covered in cleaning fluid. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

Alternatively, if this seems too much work, you could get a professional in. Contact us to discuss any painting needs you may have.