Exterior Painting Tools and Supplies for House Painting
To put a durable coating on the exterior, here are some tools and supplies for help in getting there.
As always, we place budget as a concern since most coatings are done for maintenance as well as aesthetic functions.
- the standard step ladder for lower heights. For
applying at raised levels; either extension ladders, or a pick and ladder jacks
(becoming an older technique) or the erection of scaffolding where much concentrated
work is to occur, or else an automated scissor lift or two-man lift
where efficiency is priority (although most lift rentals start around $225 per day,
making this a costly route, besides the fact that they need relatively-level
ground from which to operate).
A pair of ladder mitts
helps protect the outside finish from marring.
- for attending to a light accumulation of dust, an old paint
brush serves as a duster brush. But the pressure washer, normally 3,000
for cleaning entire walls. Where there is unwanted growth or mildew, a solution
to kill this which could be a pump sprayer for applying.
- the small, medium and wide hand scrapers as this applies.
Have new spare blades for when they dull. A wire brush for removing light surface rust.
- a high grade exterior rated caulking compound, applied with
a caulking gun having a swingout hole piercer. Injecting a bead around windows might require
caulking as specified by the window manufacturer for adequate adhesion and sealing
properties. With wiping rags and rinse bucket for latex-based applications, & solvent
- a pair of pliers for pulling out errant nails, the 5 in 1 tool, a phillips
screwdriver with both phillips and flat heads. A hammer for the resecuring of wood pieces.
- wood; patching compound offering decent adhesion, protection
from the elements, and flexural properties. Most of which won't sand level.
For stucco; a cementitous-based patching compound including a dense sponge for blending it off.
Areas of Rust
- the wire brush, emery cloth, and possibly an angle grinder and wire wheel accessory.
Priming with rust inhibitive primer, such as a good red oxide solution.
Tape & Masking
- either white tape or blue tape - noting the
expected hold times for each, exposure to sunlight/UV rays, and surface heat like if
being stuck on a hot roof or window metal. The white tape representing the cheaper choice.
A hand masker with rolls of either brown paper (normally for water based paints)
or green paper (for solvent based paints).
Fold away, masking film such as for shielding windows and doors if spraying the
surface & this means snapping on a special masker blade besides the film itself.
- generally clothes with a greater thread count that inhibit
the transfer of the liquid paint through it (particularly for thinner paints).
Runners such as 4' by 12' as well. Usually a good strategy is to use older drop cloths from painting the
Painting the Exterior
- brushes; wider sash brushes, such as 3 1/2" and
4 1/2" angular brushes, the 4" box brush for brushing out siding, and smaller brushes
for detail work. A wire brush for cleaning out later. Thicker nap rollers, like
3/4" to 1 1/2" on rough stucco (possibly lambskin to prevent loss of fibers).
Smaller roller cages like the 7" and under for rolling out siding. Not to forget,
any solvents needed for the thinning and cleaning of tools and utensils during the process.
If working out of open or previously-used containers, especially in times of heat or sunlight, where
the paint tends to skin, paint strainers
are an inexpensive method (under
$2 each) for cleaning the paint.
- a set of five gallon buckets (& grid) and smaller work
pots to cut out of, along with a pot hook for while brushing off the ladder.
In addition, a pair of work gloves that offer some grip, some system of leveling
any uneven ground - such as that attaching to the bottom of extension ladders, method(s) of tying oneself
off for securing the painter at heights and roof pitches. And a method of marking
the cans for future reference.
- a high CFM vacuum for the cleanup of any strewn latex
paint chips on the ground. Too, a razor tool for removing paint on glass windows.