Tools for applying paint come in both synthetic and natural
materials. Latex-based paints require synthetic tools because synthetic
tools maintain their shape in water, which keeps bristles firm during
Brushes. Brushes come in
various sizes. Brushes with a three-to-four-inch width are used on
large, flat surfaces. Brushes with 1 1/2” width, also known as sash
brushes, are good for detailed areas because of the angle of their
bristles. Trim brushes are flat brushes, three inches wide, and are
used to paint trim. All brushes should have dense, tightly packed
bristles and should be tested for resilience before each use.
Rollers. For large, flat
areas, rollers can apply more paint more quickly than a brush. Rollers
have a variety of thickness of nap, the material part of the roller
that transfers paint to the wall. The rougher the wall’s surface, the
thicker a roller nap should be.
Sprayers. Paint sprayers
work well on larger areas of the home, like the exterior or the deck.
Care should be taken to avoid spraying paint onto adjacent areas, such
as gutters, windows, and fixtures, when painting the exterior of a
home. There is also a chance of overspray. Professional painters will
take precautions to avoid overspray on cars and neighboring homes.
However, homeowners should double-check that painters carry adequate
insurance in case an accident occurs.