At GME Painting, we have a team of skilled painters and decorators who have experience providing a mess and stress-free service to our clients. We pride ourselves on our meticulous attention to detail and efficient attitude, but there are some tools that we just couldn’t work without. Whether you’re looking to improve your own decorating gear, or you’d just like some insight into how we do things, take a look at our 15 essentials to complete any painting toolkit.
Masking tape is essential for a neat outline around any details such as plug sockets and light switches. It can also be used to paint a perfectly straight line around ceilings, windows or skirting boards. Using masking tape will do the trick but if you’re worried it may be difficult to remove, blue painters tape is a less sticky alternative.
Any kind of wooden stick that you don’t mind getting ruined will suffice.
- Paint Rollers
Rollers are a game changer for any painter. They allow you to cover a large surface area much quicker, saving time and achieving a much better coverage on the wall.
- Paint Trays
If you use a paint roller, a tray is vital to a smooth and long-lasting coat. Just make sure your roller fits in your tray.
It may be tempting to stand on a chair or table to access those hard to reach areas. However, this can be dangerous and you might ruin that piece of furniture with paint. We advise either investing or borrowing a ladder.
Any type of cloth or old rag is great to wipe up any accidental drips or spills.
Protect any furniture or floors from dust and paint mess with a large sheet. We advise using canvas sheets rather than plastic to prevent slipping.
- Sand Paper
Sand paper is crucial to remove any imperfections you might find on the walls before painting.
- Spirit Level
A spirit level is necessary to keeping any lines straight.
- Pencil & Rubber
Using a pencil to mark out any boundaries is advisable because it’s easy to erase mistakes or cover with paint.
- Tape Measure
You never know when you might need to measure something, so we advise always keeping a tape measure handy.
Great for removing any unexpected screws from the wall or removing plug sockets and light switches.
After you’ve removed those screws you might need to fill those holes to get a smooth finish.
A sponge is a really quick way to clean away any dust and prep your wall ready for paint.
- Knee Pads
You may find yourself spending a lot of time kneeling to reach skirting boards which can hurt knees of all ages.
For more advice, or to speak to us about a potential project, give us a call on 01924 723723 or contact us here.