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Painting Tools & Supplies

With so many options from cheap to expensive, it can be hard to know what to spend your money on and what to save on when buying painting tools.

For that reason I put together this painting tools recommendations page to share with you the exact tools I use in my painting business that I’ve been running for over 20 years now.

I only recommend tools I’ve used and still buy to this day, so you can be sure you’re getting the best.

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Basic Painting Tools

These are the everyday painting tools that I personally use and highly recommend for homeowners tackling their own painting projects.

The Wooster brushes (and Purdy) and rollers will produce a fantastic and will last you years if you take good care of them.

The Handy Paint Tray is the best paint tray I’ve ever used. A 2′-4′ extension pole will save your back and shoulders. Finally, Frog Tape is the ONLY tape I use on my projects.

 

Purdy 2.5″ Brush

Purdy 144152125 Clearcut Series Glide Angular Trim Paint Brush, 2-1/2 inch

Wooster 2.5″ Brush

Wooster 5221-2 1/2 Brush 5221-2-1/2 Tip Angle Sash Paintbrush, 2-1/2-Inch, 2-1/2 Inch, White,Silver

Wooster Roller Frame

Wooster R017-9 Roller Frame, 9-Inch, Silver

Wooster Roller Covers

Wooster Brush RR723-9 Pro/Doo-Z Roller Cover 3/8-Inch Nap, 9-Inch

Handy Paint Tray

Handy Paint Tray, Deep-Well Design Holds Up to a Gallon of Paint or Stain, Sturdy Handles on Both Ends, Integrated Magnetic Brush Holder

4′ x 12′ Drop Cloth

All Purpose Canvas Drop Cloth by CCS CHICAGO CANVAS & SUPPLY- Cotton Canvas Cover for Floor & Furniture Protection - Washable & Reusable Duck Dropcloth Fabric Against Paint, Dust, Dirt- 4 by 12 Feet

2′-4′ Extension Pole

Wooster Brush SR090 Sherlock GT Convertible Extension Pole, 2-4 feet

3 Step Paint Ladder

Rubbermaid RM-SLA3-T 3-Step Ultra Light Aluminum Step Stool with Project Tray, 225-Pound Capacity, Grey Finish , Gray

3 Pack Frog Tape

FROGTAPE 240661 Multi-Surface Painter's Tape with PAINTBLOCK, Medium Adhesion, 1.88 Inches x 60 Yards, Green, 3 Rolls

5 in 1 Painter’s Tool

Warner ProGrip 5-in-1 Stiff Glazier Knife, 90189

3M Sanding Sponges

3M CP000-6P-CC Sanding Sponge Extra Fine Grit, 3-3/4 in x 2-5/8 in, Black, 6 Count

Plus 3 Joint Compound

U S Gypsum 384013 3.75QT Plus3 Compound, 3.5 qt, White to Off-White

4 Piece Mud Knife Set

WORKPRO 4-Piece Putty Knife Set, Stainless Steel Made - Perfect for Drywall Spackle, Taping, Scraping Paint, 1.5

 

Paint Sprayers

Under this sprayer section, I am going to give you my recommendation for entry level, prosumer (the light professional or heavy use home owner), and professional. All three come highly recommended by me.

If you are are DIY homeowner, then go with the entry level sprayer. If you are a handyman, or paint part time, go with the prosumer pick. If you are full time painter, go with the professional sprayer.

Airless Paint Sprayers (General Purpose)

Airless paint sprayers are for bigger projects like painting new drywall, ceilings, exteriors, decks and fences. They spray paint fast, so you have to pay attention or you’ll get runs. Airless paint sprays will literally speed your paint job up by 10X once you become comfortable with the sprayer.

Entry Level

Wagner Control Pro 150 Airless

Wagner 0580000 Control Pro 150 Paint Sprayer, High Efficiency Airless Sprayer with Low Overspray

Prosumer

Graco Magnum ProX19

Graco 17G180 Magnum ProX19 Cart Paint Sprayer, Blue & white

Professional

Graco Ultra Max II 495 Airless

Graco Ultra Max II 495 PC Pro Electric Airless Paint Sprayer, Stand 17E855

 

HVLP Paint Sprayer (High Volume Low Pressure)

Perfect For Furniture & Cabinets

HVLP paint sprayers are perfect for kitchen cabinet painting, furniture, doors, trim, and windows. They spray a finer, more atomized spray fan and have far less over spray than airless sprayers. They also are slower and produce less runs.

 

Entry Level

Wagner Flexio 570 HVLP

Wagner Spraytech 0529011 FLEXiO 570 Handheld HVLP Paint Sprayer, Sprays Unthinned Latex, Includes iSpray Nozzle, Complete Adjustability for All Needs

Prosumer

Fuji Semi-Pro 2 HVLP

Fuji Spray 2202 Semi-PRO 2 - HVLP Spray System

Professional

Titan Capspray 115 HVLP

Titan Capspray 115 Fine-Finish HVLP Paint Sprayer

 

Specialty Painting Tools

These are tools that I use on specialty jobs like painting kitchen cabinets, exterior painting and similar type project.

Zip Wall Pole Kit

I use Zip Wall poles to section off kitchen when painting cabinets so no overspray or dust leaks into the home.

ZIPWALL ZP4 ZipPole 10 Foot Spring Barrier (Pack of 4) Loaded Poles for Dust Barriers, 4 Pack, Black

3M Handy Masker

The 3M Handy Masker makes prepping windows and cabinets quick and easy. I love this tool!

3M Hand-Masker Pre-assembled Masking Film & Tape Kit, M3000 PAK

Dripless Caulk Gun

This dripless caulk gun has a 12:1 ratio that makes it easy to place perfect beads of caulk.

Dripless Inc. ETS2000 Ergo Composite Caulk Gun

Craftsman Shop Vac

A shop vac is necessary for cleaning cabinet doors when painting and general cleaning for any painting project.

CRAFTSMAN CMXEVBE17590 9 Gallon 4.25 Peak HP Wet/Dry Vac, Portable Shop Vacuum with Attachments , Red

Cone Paint Stands

These cone paint stands are great to set cabinet doors on when spraying. This keeps the door off the table and clean. I personally use them on all cabinet jobs.

KATA 32pcs Painter's Painting Stands,Mini Cone Paint Stands for Canvas and Door Risers Support,Cabinet Paint Pouring Paint Canvas Stands Elevated for a Clean Paint Job

Wagner Portable Spray Booth

This Wagner portable spray booth is perfect to paint cabinet doors or furniture in and contain your overspray.

Wagner Spraytech C900038.M Large Spray Shelter with Built-In Floor & Screen, Portable Paint Booth for DIY Spray Painting, Hobby Paint Booth Tool Painting Station, Spray Paint Tent