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What Tools and Equipment Should Your Interior Painting Contractor in Canton, GA Have?

When you’re ready to rejuvenate the look of your Canton, GA home with a fresh coat of paint,  you want a painting contractor who has the skills and experience to get the job done right.

However, quality brushes and materials also make a huge difference in the quality of a paint job. Here are some tools and equipment your interior painting contractor in Canton, GA should have that will set them apart from the competition.

Essential Preparation Materials for Interior Painting

One key to a superior paint job is spending enough time on preparation. A good professional painter uses the right materials to prepare your home for its new look.

All furniture should be moved out or covered with high-quality drop-cloths, such as canvas or paper-backed plastic. Pure plastic sheeting works as a cheap alternative but it can be very slippery on floors and doesn’t absorb drips as well as canvas. Avoid lightweight fabrics and bed sheets as paint will soak right through them.

Low tack blue painter’s tape should be used to cover outlets and already painted surfaces. Painter’s tape works better than generic masking tape to prevent peeling of already painted surfaces. It also helps create clean, straight lines where areas with different finishes meet.

Sometimes using any kind of tape causes problems, especially when working with latex paint which creates a skin. Removing painted tape can tear the skin resulting in a ragged edge. Your painting professional should know when to use tape and when not to.

Sanding should be accomplished with a variety of tools and grit depending on the surface. After sanding, a natural sponge bath or dusting brush should be used to remove dust and debris from the surface about to be painted to allow for the best adhesion of the paint.

Tools Every Interior Painting Contractor Should Have

Paint can be applied in a variety of ways and your painting contractor should be familiar with all of them. Sprayers, rollers, and brushes all have different purposes and are used for varying kinds of interior painting.

Many professionals use airless or compressed-air paint sprayers to cover large areas in a short amount of time. Sprayers also cut down on prep/clean-up time and make quick work in the hands of a professional.  Because sprayers atomize liquid into a fine mist, it can create a mirror-like finish on areas where even minor brush strokes will be obvious.

For smaller areas, a professional will most likely use a roller. The best roller sleeves are made of pure sheepskin and have a beveled edge. Rollers with beveled edges prevent paint from globbing up and avoids unwanted lines.

Textured walls and surfaces will require different thicknesses, or nap. The contractor should know how thick the nap should be. More texture on walls requires a thicker nap to reach into crevices and give complete coverage. However, too thick of a nap might create texture where you don’t want it.

Ease of application and a successful finish are hugely affected by the quality of a brush. Brushes will usually have long bristles of equal length. It’s normal for a brush to shed bristles when it’s first used but after a few uses it should no longer shed. Synthetic brushes used to be considered sub-par to natural brushes, but vast improvements have been made to synthetic bristles and are now used by many professionals.

Your painting contractors should have all these tools at their disposal.  The professionals at J Stevens Painting know what equipment to use for your interior painting project and have the knowledge to ensure the best results.

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