Interior Painting 2 - Checklist for Tools and Materials

The proper tool for the proper job. That’s what they say. They’re right. A good tool may be more expensive, but it will pay off in the end. A cheap paintbrush costs a lot less than a high quality one, but when that cheap brush leaves cast off bristles embedded in your paint job, it’s clear you get what you pay for.

You’re saving money already doing it yourself, so invest a little extra when you pick up your tools and materials.

Tools and Materials for Prepping Walls:

  • Safety glasses or goggles
  • Respirator or face mask
  • Ear protectors
  • Rubber gloves
  • Pry bar
  • Paint scraper (triangle scraper)
  • Claw hammer
  • Tack cloth
  • Can opener or widening tool
  • Fan
  • Hand sanding block
  • Orbital sander
  • Screwdriver
  • Putty knife
  • Sponge
  • Cap or scarf
  • Old clothes
  • Spackle (compound)
  • Fine-grit sandpaper (100 - 120-grit silicon carbide)
  • Ammonia or tri-sodium phosphate (TSP)
  • Self-adhesive drywall tape
  • Primer
  • Broom and dustpan

Tools and Materials for Painting:

  • Drop cloths
  • Ladders
  • Buckets
  • Paint edger
  • Rags
  • Brushes, 4-inch, 3-inch, and 1 ½-inch
  • Angled sash brushes, 1 ½-inch, and 2-inch
  • Roller pan with screen
  • Disposable roller pan lining
  • Roller covers with appropriate naps
  • Roller handle
  • Roller extender
  • Paint guide
  • Masking tape, 2-inch wide
  • Newspaper
  • Primer
  • Paint thinner (with oil-based paints)

Get as many of the things you need as you can at one time, to avoid the odd trip to the paint store or home improvement center in the middle of your job.