Choosing The Right Tools

Share
Choosing The Right Tools - Step 1

With the whole range of tools available, you will be spoilt for choice. It is certainly crucial then that you choose the right ones.

How do you decide which ones to pick?

(a) The right brush

A good quality brush is most essential when decorating.

The one I have here is a synthetic brush. Now, as it does not absorb moisture, it is most suitable for water-based materials as compared to solvent-based ones.

Choosing The Right Tools - Step 2

For the latter, the best choice would be a natural bristle brush, as not only does it apply evenly, it also does not leave any brush marks in its trail.

Choosing The Right Tools - Step 3

Now, brushes can range in size, from 1-inch all the way up to 4-inch.

Choosing The Right Tools - Step 4

(b) The right scraper

Now lets talk about knives and scrapers. What distinguishes a filling knife from a scraper is the filling knife’s flexibility.
A filling knife is flexible enough for you to allow a filler to be forced into a hole, whereas a scraper lacking that flex allows it to be forced across a surface.

When it comes to using a scraper, you need to push it across the surface, and when it comes to using a knife, you need to pull it. Using it in the right way will help protect the edge of the knife and also ensure that you have a fantastic paint job.

Choosing The Right Tools - Step 5

(c) The right roller

A quality roller is most essential when decorating large surfaces. There are many different sizes and pile lengths to choose from.

As a rule of thumb, a short pile is best suited for very fine or flat surfaces;

Choosing The Right Tools - Step 6

a medium pile for slightly textured surfaces or flat walls;

Choosing The Right Tools - Step 8

The rollers may come in two types: ready built or caged. It is very easy to push the sleeves onto the rollers.

To prevent fluff from the roller from being left on the wall, it is always advisable to wash the rollers in warm water first.

Connect with us
Join our mailing list