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Painting and Decorating Supplies and Accessories You Need to Buy – To Make You Look Like a Professional

Updated on September 3, 2013

Most of us have taken on the task of painting and decorating at one time or another. While it may seem like a lot of work and bother, it’s not all that difficult. Plus, the resulting fresh, clean look makes it all worthwhile.  You do however, need the proper painting supplies to do a proper paint job.  I’ve also included a few painting tips along the way.

The toughest part of painting and decorating is the preparation of the old surfaces. Walls and woodwork need to be cleaned, to remove dirt, grease and perhaps smoke residue. All the loose, cracked and peeled paint needs to be removed, and rough edges sanded smooth. Holes and cracks need filling and sanding. The more attention you pay to the prep work, the more professional and longer lasting the end result. You don’t want to cut corners at this stage, tempting though it is.

Typically, the worse the condition of the walls and woodwork, the less inclined one is to make it look like new again. Using messy and smelly paint remover is no fun at all, except for the ‘brand new’ look when you finally finish it all.

Paint Brushes

You’re probably used to buying the least expensive paint brushes you can at the local hardware or department store.  While they more or less get the job done, you’re going to get a far more professional result if you invest in at least one really good brush.  One that will last for years if you make the effort to clean the brush thoroughly every time (see Cleaning Up below).

Many fine, professional quality paint brushes are available, but for top-quality brushes at a [still] reasonable price, you can’t beat Purdy brushes.  You won’t believe how much easier the paint goes on with these Purdy brushes.  Even a novice like you can look like a professional, without any great effort.

The bristles on these Purdy brushes are carefully crafted using a special blend of nylon and polyester.  The ends of the bristles are shaped and cut so that the brush holds more paint and releases it smoothly, without leaving brush marks.  You’ll get paint lines so smooth, you may not even need to use painter’s tape.  You also won’t get the bristles falling out of the brush, like you do with those cheap ones.  They’re a great investment, and a great value as well.

Paint rollers

Isn’t the paint roller one of the best inventions ever?  Before it was invented, wallpaper was used everywhere.  Partly to cover a multitude of sins, or uneven plastering.

There’s no real trick to using a paint roller.  You just roll some paint from the tray onto the roller, roll it back and forth a couple of times, so that there’s not too much paint on the roller..then roll it onto the wall or ceiling, overlapping a bit as you go, until it’s covered evenly.  Then use a brush to finish off the areas in the corners.

As with brushes, a top quality roller sleeve will hold and release more  paint than a cheap one, and give you a really professional, even coat, using less paint and effort on your part.  Purdy makes many such top-quality roller sleeves.  You’ll want to choose the thickness of the roller pile for the job at hand.  For new drywall or very smooth surfaces, a low-pile (.25”) is what you want.  It gives you the smoothest finish.

If your walls are uneven or stucco, you’ll need a high-pile roller sleeve.  This will give a very slightly more pebbly finish on semi-smooth surfaces than the low-pile sleeve.  Stucco will be stucco, and requires twice as much paint as a smooth surface. 

Cleaning Up

Your brushes and rollers won’t last long if you don’t clean them properly each time. For all types of paint, you need to scrape as much excess paint out of the roller sleeve as you can first, followed by a thorough rinsing. For latex paints, cleanup with soap and warm water. For enamel paints and most varnishes, use paint thinner or turpentine...never water (unless the finish is water-washable).

Here’s a couple of really handy items to make cleaning up a whole lot easier and thorough, and really get all the paint out.

Paint spinner

The paint spinner is almost as ingenious as the paint roller. It has been used by professional painters for years. It uses the same principle as a child’s spinning top. You simply slip the wet roller sleeve or paint brush on the end gripper, hold the barrel, and pump the handle and watch the dissolved paint fly in every direction. [You should use a deep laundry basin or a large garbage bin for spinning into, of course]. Ever so cool…

You’ll be amazed how completely clean your brushes and rollers will be. You can re-use them immediately with some completely different color. They also last a lot longer because there isn’t dried paint caked at the bottom of the pile or bristles.

Brush comb

For paint brushes, the biggest problem with cleaning is getting right down to the bottom of the bristles where they attach to the handle. What you need to do a thorough job, is a brush comb. Here’s a Purdy brush comb that does an excellent job, getting out that last bit of paint that the spinner just couldn’t initially.

Both of these cleaning devices have one main purpose, and that is to ensure your brushes and rollers last many years. They’ll pay for themselves in no time. You’ll wonder how you ever painted without them. Consider them indispensible.

Handy painting and finishing accessories

Finishing turntable

Have you ever been painting or finishing a stand-alone cabinet or box, and found you had to wait until the the first coat was dry before painting or finishing the bottom surface that’s been sitting on the floor? Well here’s a couple of items that will help you get the whole thing done at once.

The finishing turntable has a series of pyramids that support the box or cabinet, without marring or disturbing the fresh paint or finish [you do that 'bottom' surface first..if you know what I mean]. The whole thing will rotate as well, so you don’t have to walk around the cabinet while you paint or finish... where there may be less light or room to maneuver. A real time-saver.

Work grippers

Another item [which has other uses], is work grippers. These are 1” thick ‘biscuits’ with a rough rubber gripping surface on each side. If you’re painting or finishing one board at a time, this allows you to paint all edges at once, and avoid getting paint drips around the bottom face of the board.

They're also used on the benchtop to hold a piece of wood in place while you sand or plane the piece. They’re excellent for routing outside and inside edges with a router as well. No need for clamps that get in the way, or mar the surface. They work really well too.

A few more must-have paint supplies and accessories

Ok, get to work…

…and get professional results without paying professional prices. Your friends and family will be amazed at how good a job you can do.

Happy painting and decorating.

This article ©2011 by timorous+

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      timorous 2 years ago from Me to You

      You're so right, tasnimriajes. With proper cleaning each time you use it, a decent brush or paint roller can last a few years.

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      tasnim 2 years ago from Bangladesh

      Yeah, all brusher have to be maintained correctly. You should clean them with an appropriate liquid. It also has to be done to airbrushes. I always get some maintenance stuff for them from It is vital, I guess

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      timorous 7 years ago from Me to You

      My goodness G.L., you're such a dear. Thanks for reading this article and voting it so highly. Yes, paying a bit more for some really good quality painting tools is not only a good investment, but relieves you of a good deal of frustration, as you've so deftly noted.

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      Hillary 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This is awesome timorous. You've covered it all (ha-ha). I never heard of a paint brush comb, but that sounds great! And you're spot on about getting a good brush too. A lot of cheap brushes shed, then you get hairy walls LOL. Last time I did an "economical" paint job I neglected to get at least one good one. Also bought the plastic floor liner that was cheap too. It wouldn't lie still and if I stepped in the dripped paint the whole liner dragged along with me!

      Rated way up and useful.

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      timorous 7 years ago from Me to You

      Thank you very much sofs. Painting is fairly easy, really. It's the prep work that takes so much time...if you're going to do it right, that is.

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      sofs 7 years ago

      Tim, you make painting sound easy, should I believe you? Painting has been the biggest nightmare for me, but now I am motivated to get to work. I will try and tell you about the results. Thanks for the expert advice. A smooth flowing and useful hub this. I rated it up!!