Painting? Don’t forget the Paint Supplies

Whether you are painting your home, or working on your own personal artistic masterpiece, it’s easy to forget the basic items needed beyond the paint that will result in a successful and great looking project. Before you start your project, sit down and make a list of all the paint supplies that you will need, so that you can compare prices, and make one trip to the store - not several.

Start with paint preparation; do you need to sand, scrape, or prime walls, edging, or rough spots? Inspect the entire painting area, and make sure it is clean, smooth, and free of cobwebs, dirt, and debris. If you are applying a lighter color paint over a darker one, or working on an unfinished wall, a primer may be needed to insure paint coverage and no bleed through. Spackle and patch any areas that are not smooth well in advance of painting so that the material has time to dry. A well prepped paint surface makes a huge difference in how the finished project will look and what paint supplies you will need.

Next is paint application - do you have the proper brushes, paint sprayers, rollers, and paint supplies tools? If you have large surfaces to paint, you may want to consider an electrical paint sprayer that can spray paint quickly and evenly. If you choose to use a roller or brush, make sure that you consider the kind of paint you will be using. Brushes and roller covers are designed for different types of paint, and the best, most professional looking result will be obtained when you use the proper brushes.

Remember that the cheapest brushes and rollerpaint supplies aren’t always the best when you re looking to obtain a professional finish, so compare cost versus materials. Cheaper brushes can often leave paint streaks, or lose their bristles while painting. If you are using rollers, don’t forget the extra covers, extension poles, or the trays.

Ask yourself what kind of spill and cleanup materials will be needed. Stock up on plastic sheeting, tape, and drop cloths so that carpet and non-painted areas are well protected from accidental spills. Determine if you will be using tape or painting edges around window treatments, ceilings, and other non-painted surfaces. Professional painters pay strict attention to edges to ensure they are neat, and to make sure there are no accidental splatters. Paint cleaners for brushes and roller paint supplies are a must on your list. Also, don’t forget your coveralls and other personal clothing protection!

Personal safety should not be forgotten when painting with dangerous paint supplies. Make sure you have ladders that are stable and usable, not broken. Respirators and dust masks should be used in unventilated areas and all areas should be well lit if you are inside. Put these items on your list if you don’t have them.

By doing a bit of pre-planning and preparation, thinking about your painting project, and making a list of all paint supplies, you can limit your trips to the local home store or internet website. You can then be sure that you have all of the paint supplies that you need to ensure completion of a beautiful, professional paint project.

About the Author:

Cathy Seiler is an authority on Painting. To learn more about Painting, please visit her site at

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