3 Go-To Painting Tools the Pros Use—and DIYers Should, Too
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You'll wish you found out about these so long ago! The following tools will make your next painting project so much easier.
Painting screens are a great alternative to traditional paint trays. Trays can only hold so much paint so they need to be refilled often and are flimsy, a recipe for a mess. With the buckets screens you can leave the paint in the bucket. The best part, you can just store the screen in the bucket, leaving you one less thing to clean. They come in 1-, 2- and 5-gallon, sizes from $3-$5.
There are several products for cleaning roller sleeves on the market, but the Roller Ready tool stands out because it’s so simple to use. It fits in the chuck of your drill, letting you spin off water as you rinse and clean your roller sleeve. The fully submersible, smooth design (no nooks and crannies for paint to get in) makes it really easy to clean when you’re done.
To clean a roller, slip the sleeve onto the Roller Ready, spin it in and out of a bucket of water several times to rinse out the paint, then spin out the water. The sleeve will be dry and ready to use again in no time. You’ll find the hard-plastic version for $18 and a pro version made of aluminum for $30 on Amazon.
An extension pole is essential to painting an entire room efficiently. And the Wooster Sherlock 2-4’ extension pole is great choice for those who just need a few extra feet to avoid climbing up and down a ladder. The length is perfect for painting standard 8-ft. ceilings, and the inner octagonal pole will prevent the roller from spinning while you’re painting and is easily adjustable with locking points every 6 inches. For $25 it’s a great tool that will speed up your next painting job.