16 Tools You Need To Paint Your Walls

Painting tools that will get the job done.

Have you wondered how some painting jobs are simply flawless while others are splotchy and amateurish? The painting tools used from one paint job to the next is the primary reason. Nothing beats the utility of high-quality and durable painting tools. So many companies over-promise when it comes to painting tools, however, you need to keep an eye out for those that work and those that don’t. Moreover, nothing beats the boons of preparing your walls and meticulous work for a finish that lasts for the long term.

While it’s true that simply buying expensive brands isn’t all that you should look for, buying cheaper tools with poor reviews won’t help either. You need to get tools that offer value and don’t break after a single paint job. After all, you never know when you would like to repair or revamp your walls again in the near future. It also helps to have a set of tools ready when you call an expert, in case they don’t have everything required.

Here are painting tools that you must own no matter what.

Wall cleaner

Ensuring that your wall is clean before embarking on the paint job is the first step towards a smooth finish. Walls that aren’t clean could result in paint that doesn’t stick properly or doesn’t last for the long-term, or an uneven, splotchy look. Classic cleaners can help, assisted by sponges, towels, and a touch of water. Get as much dirt as you can out of the way before moving onto the next step. We recommend this one.


Perhaps one of the single most important tools any homeowner should own, especially painting tape. It has multiple uses in painting, from protecting the corners of doors, windows and ceilings, to using them as stencils and markers for straight lines and patterns. You can dab the tape with a rag to make a seal, and also check when you need to take the tape off. It is usually between 15 to 30 days.

The right paint brushes

Depending on the type of paint job you’re aiming to do, your brush should be wide or narrow as required. An angled brush helps the most for reaching corners and smaller areas. Don’t cut your budget short on paint brushes, as you don’t want the bristles to fall off. Also, always clean your brushes with a brush-cleaner after the job is complete.


Rollers cover a larger area and are a classic necessity in any painting tool box. The most important part of your roller is its core. To test it out and ensure its strength, pinch each end of the roller and push down on them. The opening shouldn’t close no matter what. You certainly need rollers along with brushes in your tool kit to do a complete job.

Drop cloths

Once paint touches your furniture, it will take a whole lot of effort to remove. Rather than taking the risk, drape your surroundings with drop cloth. You can even protect your floors by using the drop cloth near the walls. These runners are far longer than canvas, and much more durable. You can use these for the long term.

Paint brush cleaner

No painting job is complete without cleaning your brushes afterwards. Having a quality paint brush cleaner in your toolkit is pivotal. You can find several varieties of the same, but make sure to check reviews and only then pick a cleaner up. Also look for one that suits the bristles of your paint brush.

Plastic bucket

Buckets are essential to mix paints or pour them out completely. It’s a far better option than using paints for a quart or gallon and you’ll have much better accessibility. Plus, to get custom shades, or for mixing, you’ll have an easier time doing so within the buckets.

Roller trays

You can’t keep your rollers simply anywhere after use. You’ll need to include a roller tray in your toolkit. The most common form of trays is a metal tray, however, in today’s era, people tend to opt for a plastic tray more. These are far easier to clean and latex paint comes off in a jiffy.  

Roller extension pole

If you’re working in a smaller area, the roller extension pole isn’t of absolute essence. However, for larger areas, it’s pivotal to get an extension pole to do a complete job. The most recommended type is a two-foot roller extension. Keep your ceiling’s height in mind when you’re looking for supplies.


If you’re looking to reach hard-to-get-to spaces with your brush, then you’ll need a durable and strong ladder. We recommend a fiberglass or aluminum ladder of at least six feet to get the job done.

Touch up tool

You’ll need to touch up every now and then or get professionals such as Octopus to do it for you. In such cases, a touch up painter, present in most hardware stores, is the right choice. This handy tool can truly help you hide any faded marks and can even help you conceal cracks.

Mix for repairing walls

Pre-mixed spackling is a brilliant choice for quick wall repairs before embarking on paint jobs. Another essential is caulk, ideal to use to reduce gaps between wall trims. Ideally, you’ll need to repair your whole wall before starting any paint job, clean it, and prime it, before putting on a single splotch of paint. Not doing so will result in a patchy, half-done job and the paint will not last for the long-term.

Taping and putty knives

Instead of the mainstream 7-in-1 tool, opt for separate putty and taping knives with blades that are flexible. These are essential to bridge cracks and put forth joint compounds for a sturdier finish.

Fiber mesh tape

The perfect choice for ensuring that large holes are covered, fiber mesh tape is absolutely necessary to give your paint job an overarching superior look. Invest in one that’s of great, durable quality.

Sanding sponges

Sanding sponges are essential for ensuring that your wall has a smooth surface before embarking on your painting journey. They will make sure that the surface is fully smooth and that any minor cracks are fully repaired.

So what are you waiting for? 

Go out and get these painting tools today! For more information, call experts at Octopus, who can assist you on your repainting jobs as well. Our toll-free number is 800 3993.

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