Selecting the right tools

Brushes and Rollers

Rollers are time savers when painting flat areas and are available for smooth as well as textured surfaces. Brushes do a better job on woodwork, trim, window parts and furniture.

BRUSHES:

Latex paints require synthetic bristle brushes (polyester or nylon). The water in latex paint will ruin natural bristle brushes.
For oil based paints, use natural bristle brushes or good quality synthetic brushes.
Use a 3", 3 1/2" or 4" brush for large flat surfaces; walls and ceilings, floors and stairs, siding, shakes and shingles, masonry and brick.
Use a 1", 1 1/2" or 2" brush for smaller surfaces; woodwork, door frames, shutters, furniture and accessories.
Use 1", 1 1/2" or 2" long handles brushes, straight or angled, for hard-to-reach areas of woodwork, molding and furniture, for window sash and when cutting straight lines of wall paint to molding or ceiling lines.

ROLLERS:

Oil and latex paint may be used with all paint roller covers. Use a 7" or 9" medium pile or short nap roller for flat paint on smooth surfaces: walls and ceilings, floors and steps, wood siding, shakes and shingles.
Use a 7" or 9" short nap roller only for semi-gloss and gloss enamels on smooth surfaces; kitchen, bathroom, hallways and cabinets.
Use a 9" deep pile roller for rough or textured surfaces: cinder block, rough wood siding, masonry and brick, wire fencing, textured walls.
Use a "looped texture" roller for texturing paints to produce stucco effects.
You may find it easier to use a handle extension for painting exteriors, ceilings and the tops of walls. Hyde roller frame handles are threaded to accept extension poles.

 

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Helpful tip
A new coat of paint is only as good as the surface beneath it. Make sure you scrape or sand off any old paint that is loose or flaking.

 

 

Nylon and polyester bristle brushes work better with latex paints. Natural bristles work better with oil-based. Flick loose bristles out of a new brush before you begin painting with it. You can size the brush to match the width of the siding, but remember: the larger the brush, the more strength it takes to use it, and the more tired you'll be as the project progresses.

 

 
 
 
 
 

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