Must Have Painting Supplies For Your Interior Project

painting supplies for your interior painting project

A fresh coat of paint can do a lot for a room, and it is the type of project that almost any person can do. While it is true that just about anybody can do their own interior painting, you need to take the steps to make sure that the job is done right.

When it comes to painting the interior of a home, one of the keys to ensuring good results and keeping the job hassle-free is getting the right painting supplies. It may seem tempting to pick up cheap, low-quality paint supplies but 99% of the time you will end up regretting that when it comes time to use them. At Primetime Paint & Paper, we have helped countless homeowners find the right painting supplies for interior projects. In this article, we are going to go over some of the basic supplies that you will need, and provide a few pointers concerning what to look for.

Essential Painting Supplies

Some painting supplies are absolutely must-have items:

Paint Brushcorona brush

With so many paint brushes to choose from you are likely wondering what paint brush to use. For the average DIY project, a good 2” angle sash brush will do every task you need, and we have a great selection of high-quality brushes to choose from. What makes a brush high-quality? A brush that picks up adequate paint, releases it on to the wall easily, without losing bristles. You pay a little more for a good brush but it will make the job a lot easier. Expect to pay $15 to $20 for a high-quality paint brush. If you take care of it your brush will last you for many projects and years to come.

Different brushes use different filaments. Depending on the type of paint being used, different filament combinations will provide better results. As an example, the top quality handmade Corona brushes with the Chinex filament are highly recommended for Benjamin Moore’s Aura brand of paint.

Painting Tray

A paint tray will help to reduce any sort of dripping paint that you might experience if you were painting out of the can, and it is an absolute essential for painting with rollers. Paint trays come in various sizes, but a one-gallon tray is what we recommend. It is the size professional’s use, and it will just make the job easier overall. The roller cage will fit in there easier, and it will make for a more even application of the paint.

We also recommend plastic trays over metal. If you use the right liners, a plastic tray will last forever. This way, the tray stays clean and it is always ready to use when you have another painting project. Metal trays, while slightly more durable in the right hands, if not cared for properly can rust over time.

Roller (aka Roller Cage)

wooster brush rollerBuying a good roller cage is another part of getting the best results and taking the hassle out of an interior paint project. Once again, we stress the importance of going with quality equipment. Some rollers are designed to take some of the stress out of doing the job, and the good ones are built to last. A brand like Wooster makes good rollers and a range of quality covers that can be good for any project. If you have a very large amount of wall to paint an 18″ roller might be the way to get the job done faster.

Beyond getting a quality roller, you also want to make sure to get the right roller sleeves. You have an array of different covers that are made from different materials and in different thicknesses. Getting the right one depends on the sheen of the paint being applied. If you ever need help selecting the right nap, you can always consult with our in-store experts.

Roller Extension

Some people might think that a roller extension is an unnecessary expense, but it is worth the extra cost. To start, it will make it easier to apply the paint on the higher sections of the walls. You won’t have to keep moving a ladder along with you, and this will cut down on the time and effort. In addition to that, it relieves much of the strain that painting can put on the body. Without the extension, it will put a lot more stress on your back and shoulders.

Since you are a DIYer, you don’t even need to spend money to get the best roller extension. Even a cheap one will work fine. Even if it only lasts for a few jobs, it will really pay for itself in the amount of time that you save and the amount of stress that you take off your body.

Other Painting Supplies for Your List

Getting the supplies for applying the paint is important, but there is more to the job than that. Here we have a quick look at some of the other things you will need for you home painting project.

Drop Cloth

Some drop cloths will be a necessity. You are going to need them for protecting the floors, and there may be some furniture that you cannot move. You can buy canvas or plastic drop cloths. The most important thing here is that they are big enough to cover the areas and items that need protecting. Along with the drop cloths, you should also carry some rags with you when paint. That way you can quickly clean up any spills for runs.

Painting Clothes

dickies painting clothesFor painting clothes, you could just go with some old clothes that you do not mind getting paint on. That said, there is an advantage to buying genuine painter’s pants or shorts which typically are white. They have the special loops and pockets that will make it easier to carry all of the supplies and equipment. Dickie’s painting clothing is a common brand but there are other very reputable brands as well.

Spackle and a Sanding Sponge

You’ll also need a little quick dry spackle for filling in little dents and holes. Once the spackle dries, you will also need a sanding sponge to finish the work. We carry products like Dap’s Dryex and Red Devil One Time spackle, plus we have sanding sponges from 3M and Sia Abrasives. If you need help deciding, our pros will be there to help you make the right choice.

Painter’s Tape

You should get some good quality painter’s tape to ensure those clean lines. Use it to prevent paint from running into areas that are not being painted, and it is good for protecting things like switches and electrical outlets.

For all of the painting supplies in Toronto you could ever need come visit our store, we have a wide assortment of paint supplies from top brands, and our staff of experts is always there to provide advice when you need it.

The Paint Roller Is A Piece Of Toronto’s History

man using a paint roller

When it comes to claims to fame, Toronto has many different kinds of things to consider for being world-renowned. The CN Tower may no longer be the tallest building in the world, but it’s still a defining part of the city’s skyline. Musical acts have travelled the world after getting their start in Ontario’s capital. But few people who use a simple yet ingenious invention ever know that it was created in Toronto. One of the most ubiquitous painting supplies, the paint roller, and it’s probably become Toronto’s most secret and widely-used claim to fame.

The Paint Roller Was Invented in Toronto

The paint roller was invented by Norman Breakey, a Torontonian who wanted to apply paint quicker without sacrificing a smooth finish. Up until his invention, which he developed in the 1940s, the only painting was done with paint brushes. Sure, they came in a variety of sizes and shapes, but painting was still painstaking work that took a long time.

The invention made perfect sense at the time as well. Canada and the rest of the world were moving to the city and, with their migration, they were moving sensibilities. Bare walls not only made sense in the country, they were part of a certain aesthetic for the time. But as people moved to urban areas, they started thinking about walls differently. Interior design was becoming more and more popular and, with it, a demand for paint that was unprecedented. And with more paint going on the walls, people were looking for easier, and less expensive, ways of getting it there.

Breakey Neglected to Patent His Invention

Enter Norman Breakey’s invention, which took the world by storm. It didn’t, however, completely change Breakey’s life, as his tale is one of how a trip to the patent office could mean the difference between millions and millions of imitators. Breakey went to a colleague of his with the idea, wanting some input on the fabric for the paint roller. His idea, while game-changing, also needed money, something he personally had in short supply, and he had an impossible time finding willing investors. The result, that Breakey was unable to make a significant number of rollers, meant that when his own supply ran out, people flocked to the imitators who realized that Breakey never went for a patent.

Faded Into Obscurity

After that, Breakey more or less faded into obscurity. Minor improvements on his original design soon made it to the patent office, much like he should have done in the first place, and it wasn’t long before his invention was out of date and underperforming. South of the border, a Mr. Richard Croxton Adams invented a similar device while working for paint giant Sherwin Williams. His was patented in the States and Breakey was out of options. He apparently died penniless in Toronto, never able to make money off of an invention that revolutionized painting.

Dollar Store Painting Supplies, The High Cost of Cheap

The dollar store seems like a brief respite for any amateur painter. The supplies are cheap and plentiful, and it can all be bought in one go without too much hassle. And after spending a lot of money on the actual paint, getting paint supplies at the dollar store seems like a no-brainer for people who want to repaint on a budget. But the problem is that these cheap paint supplies can actually end up hurting your wallet, your project, and take your more time for sub-par results. So before you head into a dollar store for your paint supplies, consider why that may not be the best idea with these three simple reason.

Low-Cost vs High-Cost Painting Supplies

Yes, some painting supplies may seem to be expensive, but under scrutiny what’s ends up costing you the most in the long-run are the problems associated with low-quality equipment.

Low-cost brushes and paint rollers are notoriously short-lived, wearing out sometimes after half a day and need regular replacing. Additionally, in many cases the filaments are falling out of the brush on first use which leads to them becoming stuck on your walls and paint. So even if you swap out to higher quality brushes later you still might have to fish out the filaments that found their way into the paint.

High-quality painting supplies, especially when it comes to applicators, may cost more upfront, but they are easier to clean and will last you for multiple painting projects. In fact, some paint brushes will last for years if you clean them after use and put them somewhere safe. So if you ever plan on painting again, or prefer to reuse supplies instead of continually replacing cheap ones, you’ll need to shop at somewhere with better paint supplies than the dollar store. Your local Benjamin Moore paint store is a good start.

Quality of Finish

Besides being cheap and breaking down easily, low quality painting supplies also ruin your hard work and leave your new painting project looking amateur and poorly done.

Filaments from paint brushes and fabric from rollers, both of which have been hastily assembled using sub-standard materials, will give way and stick to your walls leaving you with unattractive results. And none of that will be your fault, because as much as we like to say a “poor craftsman blames his tools,” you can only do so good with poor tools.

The best painting jobs come from a combination of skill and quality supplies, so you can get a high-quality look without necessarily having to hire professionals.

Productivity aka Time to Complete the Job

Yes, cheap supplies will end up costing you more money and leave you with a poor look, but that doesn’t even consider your own labour.

Constantly wrestling with substandard painting supplies is difficult, time-consuming, and frustrating. It makes what can be a relatively fun and quick paint project a long process of many different kinds of frustration.  One can expect to encounter rollers leaving fluff on your walls, holes in your drop clothes or tarps due to lack of durable materials, highly-flexible plastic handles, and all around poor supplies resulting in small problems that add up to your time being wasted. And your time is valuable, so why not spend the extra little bit of money and save yourself the annoyances?

The dollar store, on the surface, may seem to be the ideal place to get your paint supplies. They’re cheap and ready to go, helping you cut costs relatively easily, also they weigh considerably less because they’re usually constructed from as little material as possible. But the problem is that quality painting supplies are important, and low quality painting supplies will end up costing you in the long run. So instead of trying to save money at the register, invest in some quality paint supplies and get the job done faster and more effectively.

Why Choose The Radius 360 Sanding Tool?

There are a number of painting supplies you’ll need for a painting project, a sanding tool is one of them. The Radius 360 sanding tool is a tried and tested way to get the best sanding results for your drywall and surfaces alike. Consisting of an attachable pole-mount, a large circular working surface, smooth action, and pads to help with nearly any surface, it’s an essential tool for almost anyone who needs to sand down drywall. There are plenty of reasons to add a Radius 360 to your painting tools, here are just five.

Smooth Sanding Motion Leads to Perfectly Sanded Surfaces

Sanding is a curious process. On the one hand, the surface needs to be slightly rough so that the paint can stick to the walls easier. But it also needs to be smooth an even. Striking that balance can be difficult when you do it by hand. But with the smooth movement of the Radius 360, you’ll get that perfect balance in much less time. The circular bodied sanding head is specifically designed to resist flipping and allows for a full range of productive movement, this means less time is spent re-positioning the sander, as is required with traditional sanders, and more time actually sanding.

Smoother Sanding Means Better Painting Surfaces

More even surfaces means that the painting process will be much easier, and have much better end results. It all comes down to consistency. With the Radius 360, you’ll get the right surface for your painting without having to worry about inconsistent looks. This is largely due to the flat consistent backing that the sanding paper adheres to via hook-and-loops connection, resulting in even pressure dispersion. That means a smoother-looking paint job that’s easier to paint and looks great.

Many Sanding Options, Quickly Swap Sandpapers

Designed for use by professionals and the wise DIYer alike, the Radius 360 has a wide range of sandpaper options available so you’ll find exactly what you need for your project. Papers can be swapped easily so you can have the right grain on the right surface in an instant. The result will be better suited sanding for the job at hand, and an overall better-looking surface at the end of the project.

High Productivity, Complete Your Sanding Fast

Sanding is time consuming and labour intensive, but with the Radius 360, your sanding job can happen in record time. It’s removable pole attachment means you can get to hard-to-reach places in an instant and, if an area needs some special attention, you can detach the pole and use it as a hand sander. It’s adaptable and easy-to-use, which can cut your working time down by a significant amount.

More Ergonomic and Better for Your Body

The ease of use that comes with the Radius 360 is simply better for your body overall. Instead of craning your neck and contorting your body to get into all the places that need sanding, you can reach them easily from the floor. That means less ladders, less hazards, and less opportunities for you to get hurt or feel sore while doing your work. And if you’re more comfortable during the sanding process, you can get more done, so your painting project will be over faster.

The Radius 360 is one of the best sanding tools available on the market today and is available from your local Toronto paint store Primetime Paint & Paper. It’s easy use, many features, and large working surface can make quick work of almost any painting surface. And the results will show once everything’s done. So if you want to get your painting project finished faster and with better results, consider getting the Radius 360 sanding tool.

Why Do Painting Contractors Always Wear White?

Think of the typical painter and I’m sure we all have a similar picture: white clothes and coveralls, brushes in hand, paint splotches all over, usually a white hat as well, their hair carefully kept out of the way while the focus on their work. Most people know the look, it’s essentially a painters uniform at this point, the “Boys in White,” as it were, but did you ever consider why painters wear white?

The short answer is; white is the easiest colour to wear when you paint. Especially with heavier fabrics, you can bleach them without worrying about the materials degrading too much. Unlike everywhere else in the world, where you need to be very careful when wearing white, painters can worry the least when wearing white.

Looking At The History

Historically, the painter’s uniform may have originated back in the 17th century, when painters likely made their clothes from old canvas sails. The fabric was cheap but tough, so painters liked wearing it, but sails are almost exclusively white as well, so their colour choices were a little limited. Later, painters used to mix paint white lead powder with paint paste to make their paint. White clothes helped mask the dust from the lead. Thankfully lead paint isn’t used anymore, but the clothing colours stuck.

Everyone Knows It

Nowadays, white is an almost universally recognized colour for painters and this actually helps with the job at hand. People may not see the brushes in their hands for whatever reason, but if you see a guy in the familiar painting outfit, you instantly start being more careful with everything around you. This helps painters get their work done faster and with less interference, which is good for them and their clients.

Less Mixups & Working Outdoors

And let’s not forget the professional aspect of the painter’s uniform. With other colours, there can be mixups, vastly different shades. If a painting company’s uniform was blue, every painter would show up in a wide range of colours that don’t match at all. With white, well, it’s much easier to match. There’s no such thing as navy white. Well, there is, but the difference between pastel white and navy white isn’t nearly the difference between navy blue and pastel blue.

The last major reason why painters wear white is because they work outside. A lot. Lighter colours are just cooler than darker colours, making the hot days just a little easier when painting outside.

Well .. It’s Always Been That Way

But just like the men making their clothes from white sails, painters these days don’t usually have a lot of colour choices when it comes to their work clothes. Overall companies know painters prefer white, so they make white coveralls for painters, so painters wear white and get used to the colour. It’s a cycle that we don’t actually mind. After all, we all know other painters when we see them and, in a way, its a sign of solidarity, of pride in our work. And it keeps people from sitting on that park bench we literally just painted. That’s a big plus too.

A Brief History of The Paintbrush

paint brush being used to paint window sill

Painting has been an integral part of humanity since before recorded history. Our ancestors used sticks, split palm leaves, bones, and even wood shavings to depict what mattered most to them. In France, a cave with paintings at least 40,000 years old were discovered not even a decade ago, the biggest painting find in history. Werner Herzog made a documentary about these paintings and it’s understandably incredible.

The paintings in that cave are surreal but certainly crude. Motion and perspective weren’t developed to the point they are now and, if we’re being honest, they were using sticks. Nowadays, our styles have a longer recorded history and our tools are better. We don’t commonly use whalebones to paint murals, we use the humble paintbrush, one of the most integral parts of painting, nearly every advance in painting has also depended on the necessary tools to make those leaps.

A Muddled History

The paintbrush as we know it, just like painting itself, has a muddled history. We know paintbrushes were originally made with animal hair. The best still are. Sable brushes, for example, are some of the best brushes for watercolours, but the larger ones can only be made after particularly harsh winters in Siberia and Mongolia, when a sable’s tail becomes particularly bushy. Other animal hair was frequently used, each hair hand-glued to the handle up until the 18th century. Back then, brush makers were highly regulated, unionized, and well regarded, with training taking up to 8 years. Some brushes are still made this way, but machines have largely taken over their manufacture. The materials too have come to incorporate artificial materials like rayon and nylon.

The Ancient Egyptians used reeds with crushed ends, their own hieroglyphics depict people painting quite frequently. By the 15th century though, quills were the favoured style of brush using soft hairs or bristles. These brushes could only be round and for centuries they dominated the painting world. But a fun fact: the reason the end of a brush is called the bristle is because they used to be made exclusively from the bristle of hogs, pigs, and boars, all noted for their particularly rough hair.

Introducing Metal Ferrules

When brush makers started experimenting with materials during the industrial age, especially with the metal ferrules, painting also changed. Flat brushes were the Impressionists’ favourites because of the new way to pick up and put down the paint. When Jackson Pollack started making his giant paintings, he needed brushes long enough for him to stand and paint. Just like the painters of old, Pollack relied on his own paintbrushes to take another leap forward in painting.

Interestingly enough, the most highly regarded paint brushes slowly moved East. At one time, Western Europe was home to the best brushes, but slowly quality brushes from Russia became highly coveted by painters. After the Russian Revolution, Chinese brushes became known for their quality, not only because of their manufacturing skill but also the abundance of pigs that still grew bristles. Western factory farming, it seems, hurt the brush making industry in Europe more than anyone previously thought.

Nowadays, brushes of all kinds of different materials are used by painters, who are no longer held back by technological innovation. Different application methods, including different styles of brushes, spray paint, and body parts are frequently used in painting. But the humble paintbrush has influenced the way we paint and the way we communicate. Paint too has changed, but that is perhaps a story for another time.

Why Use an 18″ Paint Roller?

18 paint roller with roller and pan

One of the most useful painting tools, many will agree, is the paint roller. Before its invention people had to paint the walls entirely using a paintbrush. This not only took a very long time, it also left an unsightly finish. Once the paint roller was invented, it did not take long before people started to improve on the design. Today we have a wide variety of rollers to choose from, amongst those is the 18” roller.

Most people, exposed to the 9” roller for years, laugh at the absurdity of the 18” roller when they first see it and dismiss it as a tool for use only by professionals and in very specific circumstances. The truth is that it is just a larger roller, enabling anyone who wields it the power to paint large spaces very quickly. That said, it is certainly not a small painting tool and along with the obvious advantages, there are disadvantages inherit to its design.

Read on to discover a few pros and cons of using an 18” paint roller.

The Pros of an 18-inch Paint Roller

There are a number of advantages to using an 18” roller; the obvious one is that an 18” roller applies paint a lot faster than a 9” roller. Large projects that have a lot of square footage to be coated benefit the most from this tool, an 18” roller provide and incredible improvement in production rates when employed on these projects. It holds more paint, has a larger surface area and thus covers a greater distance and spreads paint faster than a traditional 9” roller.

Applying paint straight out of a paint tray (a very large paint tray in the case of an 18” roller) is only one of the benefits and common uses for this roller. Another common use is for back rolling after a surface has been coated with an airless sprayer. It is an efficient way to back roll large areas and many professionals put the 18” roller to use daily for this purpose.

Sure, the 18-inch roller is in use by the pros, but is an 18” roller the ideal tool for your painting project? If you have to roll out a 5-gallon bucket of paint, have ample working space (this is a big roller), and have some muscle the answer is a definite yes.

Cons of Using an 18-Inch Paint Roller

Once again, let us start with the most obvious point of discussion. This is a big, heavy roller. If you don’t have the muscle necessary to use this tool for extended periods of time, it might not be for you. Using an 18” roller for a single day might boost production, but if you have a 7-day paint project and you’re out of commission for the remaining 6 days you might as well have used the 9” roller. This is especially the case when painting ceilings as weight of the paint and the tool add up quite a bit, leading to an inevitable painkiller at the end of the day to deal with the cramped shoulders and neck.

Another disadvantage of using the 18” roller is cleanup. Typically, these tools are not priced in the buy-it-toss-it range so it is a good idea to clean them, that said most common cleanup tools and practices are not made with the 18” roller in mind. For instance, spinning this roller out can be a bit of a headache if you don’t have a large garbage can nearby. You can make do with a garbage bag (better make sure it has no holes in it) and someone helping you to keep it open but it is not something that can be described as an easy task. In addition, maneuvering an 18” roller under a faucet in a pristine high-end luxurious kitchen is not for the faint of heart.

Wrapping Up

When it comes to deciding on the ideal time to pick up the 18” (or its slightly smaller cousin, the 14” roller) you can always check in with us. Most people overlook this roller as a professional’s tool only, but the ability to roll out large areas quickly makes this roller a great addition to any DIY painter’s arsenal.

The Advantages of Using an Airless Paint Sprayer

airless paint sprayer ready for use

There are an endless number of advantages to using airless sprayers over more traditional painting methods such as rollers or brushes. Not every situation calls for an airless sprayer, but if you find yourself needing to lay down gallons of paint over large surfaces, the airless sprayer is your best bet. They operate on a simple principle, using a hose and a pump to apply a lot of paint quickly. We are going to lay out some of the major reasons that you would choose to use an airless sprayer, as well as some tips on usage.

Time efficiency and large coverage area

Speed is one major advantage of an airless sprayer. These things can spray out a lot of paint in a short period of time, allowing you to cover large surfaces in a minimal amount of time. Painting big walls is one ideal application for an airless paint sprayer. Be aware that large volumes of paint will be pumped through the gun. This can have two side-effects; one being that approximately 15% of the paint volume will be lost in the atmosphere, another being overspray. More on these concerns below.

Even application of coating

Airless sprayers are also great for achieving a perfect, uniform coating. With brushes and rollers you can end up with lines and other marks in the finished paint job. Airless sprayers blast out the paint into tiny droplets that evenly cover the entire surface. This is particularly useful if the surface is uneven or textured, as each square inch will be covered evenly with proper application technique.

These machines are highly portable, powered by either gas or electric engines. This allows you to easily transport it and move it around a job without having to handle large engines and a lot of equipment. Various models are available, some come on small carts that are similar to dollies, making it even easier to move them around. The sprayer you need will largely depend on your intended use.

Tips and concerns

One thing to watch out for when using one of these tools is overspray. Airless sprayers are adjustable, so you can control the spray area much easier than other machines, but there can still be a bit of overspray. Since the sprayer covers a large area in each stroke, just about everything that isn’t covered is going to get painted. Make sure to properly mask all areas that you do not want painted, and cover up any furniture in the area.

Make sure to take extra time to mask off everything that you do not want painted. Be aware if you are painting outside that the wind can easily carry the tiny drops of paint great distances, so you could end up with paint in unexpected places.

There is a great deal of different sized tips available for these guns. These should be chosen based off the area that you are spraying and the type of paint in use. Tips with smaller sized openings should be used for thinner substances such as lacquer, while latex paints will require bigger openings. Here is a quick break-down of opening size vs. paint:

  • Stains, water sealers, lacquers – 0.0009 – 0.013
  • Enamel paint – 0.013 – 0.15
  • Oil based or latex paints – 0.15 and up.

When painting, start your movement before you start spraying. If you are holding the sprayer still when you begin, you risk having the paint build-up more on the spot that you started on. Keep the strokes even and smooth, and keep a consistent distance from the object that you are spraying.

Make sure to thoroughly clean the unit as soon as you are finished spraying the area. As with any painting tool, dried paint is not your friend.

Want to find out more about airless paint sprayers? Give us a call, we’re incredibly versed in this area and can assist you with any questions you may have.

How to Choose a Paint Brush

selecting a paint brush

Paint brushes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Most novice painters don’t know which brushes to choose when starting a job, and will end up using more paint, time, and effort than is actually required. Usually, a job will require a variety of brushes, depending on the types of paint and the areas being painted. In this week’s blog we are going to cover the basics of choosing a paint brush, and go over some common situations you will encounter when painting.

Choosing Bristle Materials

The bristle material you will choose is dependent on the type of paint being used. Bristles can be synthetic polyesters, synthetic nylon, a combination of both, or animal hair (called natural bristles). Synthetic bristles brushes are best to use for latex paint, while natural-bristle brushes are best used with oil-based alkyds. Using a natural-bristle brush with latex paints will result in poor coverage, as the bristles will absorb the latex and become droopy. You can always check the label to see what kind of paints the brush is best used with.

Brush Shape

There are two basic bristle shapes for surface painting: square cut, and sash. Square cut (also called straight brushes) are pretty much how they sound, providing a flat, squared off end that is useful for painting large areas. Sash brushes are cut at an angle, and are mostly used for corners and edges, and getting those hard to reach spaces. Sash brushes may also be called angle-cut or trim brushes. It’s best to have at least one of each type for any job. Paint the majority of the surface with the square brushes and switch to the sash to cut in on those edges and corners.


The tips of the bristles can also have an impact on the quality of your paint job. High quality brushes will typically have split ends (also known as flagged ends) which are able to hold more paint and get the job done in fewer strokes. Most precision brushes, like sash brushes have “tipped” ends which means that they are pointed. This is not to be confused with regular brush tips, which are flat. Tipped ends are favored for their precision while flagged ends are favored for their coverage.

Brush size and width

The size is obviously dependent on the area that you are painting. If you are painting a small area, make sure to choose a brush that is slightly smaller in width than the area you are painting. If the brush is the same size, or larger, it will overlap the edges and cause dripping that looks pretty bad. For your small angle sash brushes, you will want to choose one that has a shorter handle, giving you more flexibility to cut in around edges.


Rollers consist of two main components: the roller fram, and the roller cover. When choosing a cover, go by the guidelines we laid down earlier regarding bristle types, meaning you will want to use synthetic materials for latex paints. The frame mostly determines the size of the roller cover that will go on it. There are two main frame types: regular and weenie rollers. Weenie rollers are smaller, and used for touch-up work and tighter surfaces.

This post should get you started with choosing brushes for your first paint job. We have not discussed every type of paint brush, but only the most commonly used tools of the trade. You may also want to research foam paint brushes if you are painting intricate moldings or flashings. Stay tuned for more great posts from Primetime Paint and Paper next month!