What Comes on a 5-in-One Painter's Tool?

A 5-in-1 painter’s tool might just be one of the most useful things in your toolbox. It packs a lot of functionality into a single tool. When you’re in the middle of a painting job, you don’t always want to have to stop and search for another tool. With a painter's tool, there are a multitude of tasks that can be completed with just one tool and it also fits neatly into your pocket for ease of use. What tools make up a 5-in-1 painter’s tool, however?

Paint Remover

When you have too much paint on a roller, it can be very difficulty to remove before you begin painting a surface. This is where the paint remover on the 5-in-1 painter’s tool can help. It’s a semi-circle cut into the handle of the painter’s tool and you might not even initially think of it as a tool. Run it sideways across the surface of a roller, however, and it will remove all excess paint.

To cover the entire roller, of course, you need to run it over the surface twice (once for each half) but this only takes a few seconds, and your roller is ready to use. The paint can be easily wiped off the painter’s tool with an old rag.


On the other side of the handle of the painter’s tool are a series of teeth, a little like a fat comb. This is the spreader, which you can use for spreading paint on the wall or even for spreading drywall mud. You won’t achieve a smooth surface with it but if the paint is thick, it can prove extremely useful for spreading out before you use your brush on it. Alternatively, it can be used to achieve more of a textured effect. The teeth can be cleaned off with a rag or by fully dipping the tool in paint cleaner and wiping it dry.

Putty Knife and Scraper

The flat edge opposite the handle of the painter’s tool is actually two tools in one. You can use it as a scraper for wallpaper or to take out loose plaster. It’s fairly strong, although you shouldn’t use it for jobs that require heavy duty scraping. Nor is it especially sharp, so you won’t be able to scrape deep with it.

As it's a double duty tool, it also act as a putty knife. If you’re painting outside, you might need to put putty on a window. Rather than going out and buying a putty knife, you can use this to smooth out the putty quite easily. Although not custom made for the task, it should be perfectly adequate for most needs.

Crack Patcher

The end of the scraper on the painter’s tool culminates in a point. This is yet another tool, a crack patcher. Where you have small cracks in your wall, you can scrape loose plaster out with it. You can also use it to push filler into the cracks to make sure you penetrate beneath the surface. It’s small enough to get into tiny cracks but when combined with the scraper, it can fill and smooth larger cracks, too.