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DIY House Painting: 7 Supplies You Need



Did you plan a DIY project for painting your home?

It will certainly be an exciting project for you and your family. But it will also be a rather difficult task if you don’t have the right approach and supplies.

With professionals, it’s straightforward; you hire interior or exterior painters in Melbourne, tell them your paint choice, and they will do the job for you. However, painting your home yourself is often easier said than done.

So what supplies make your job easier and more enjoyable?

We prepared a list of 10 items that take your paint job from level 1 to level 10. Let’s see what of these you already have and what you need to purchase freshly!

1. Wall Cleaners

To get a good paint finish, you should start by cleaning the wall. If there’s any dust settled on the wall, it can affect the paint’s adherence to the surface. It is especially important for house exterior painting.

If you hire professional exterior painters in Melbourne, cleaning is often part of the service. However, in DIY projects, you have to do this yourself, which can be exhausting. So, consider purchasing wall cleaners available in the market.

For example:

● Sponge
● Rubber gloves
● Microfibre duster
● Extendable duster (most important for high walls)
● Face mask to keep you from breathing in dust
● Lang-handled cobweb remover

2. Painters Tape

You will use this tape to contain the paint within the required area. Otherwise, it is common to see paint splashing onto other areas and ruining the whole look. You can try cleaning it up later, but it will add more work to your agenda.

This is especially useful when interior painters in Melbourne are at work or when you DIY. So, try using painter’s tape. This masking tape covers surfaces you don’t want to paint— for example, switchboards, window trims, or power points.

Taping the area like this can also speed up the whole process, as you are not worried about splashes or smears. You can find this tape in any retail store or online store.

3. Paint Brushes

Well, this is a no-brainer; you obviously need paintbrushes to paint. Good quality paintbrushes give you a beautiful finish, so don’t ever skimp on these essentials. However, what type of brushes do you need to get?

Firstly, it depends on the area you want to paint.

Here are some kinds to keep in mind.

● Wall brushes: They have more bristles to hold more than enough paint. These are the standard types of brushes used for general or broad painting. Further, they come in different brush widths and uses—25mm for chairs and trims, 50mm for doors and railings, 75mm for floorboards and fascia, etc.

● Cutter brushes: These brushes have long handles and, thus, make for better and easy manoeuvres. Unlike wall brushes, these have fewer bristles, so they can’t hold much paint. Cutter brushes are for areas like ceilings and wall corners. There are also various types of these brushes—sash cutter for water-base paints, lining fitch for straight lines, and more.

4. Paint Rollers

This is another must-have supply for your DIY project. It’s a set; with a roller, tray, frame, roll cover, and extension pole. The extension pole is particularly useful for reaching high spaces like ceilings.

Further, the roll covers come in various materials. Have a look at this to understand their prominence.

● Textured roll covers are for speciality finishes.
● Foam covers are great for doors and trims as they achieve a high gloss finish.
● Microfibre for ceiling and walls.
● Lambskil roll covers are more absorbent and suitable for concrete.
● Mohair is great for oil-based paints.
● Polyester covers are perfect for interior walls and rendered surfaces.

Be it exterior or interior painters in Melbourne, paint rollers are indispensable for a well-done job.

5. Drop Cloth

These are also called drop sheets or tarps, which are spread across the floor to protect them from paint droppings. Just like painters tape, drop sheets help in reducing your after-work. Otherwise, you will leave a mess to clean up.

Drop cloths come in various materials, the popular ones of which are plastic and canvas. Canvas drop cloth is more absorbent and durable. You can consider this as more of an investment.

Plastic drop sheets are cost-effective, lightweight, and waterproof but they tear easily. For instance, the cheapest plastic drop cloth will be about the same thickness as a cheap waste bag.

6. Fillers

This is not necessary for every DIY project. If your home has many cracks in the walls, then it is probably a good idea to buy fillers. You use these to fill and smoothen the cracks before painting or wallpaper installations in Melbourne.

There are powder fillers, lightweight fillers, caulk, and even ready-mixed fillers. Each has its set of pros and cons, so think well before making a purchase. For example, powder fillers need you to mix them with water and make a paste before applying. On the other hand, ready-mixed fillers don’t need you to do that.

Consider the specifics of the project—duration, help, and more—and buy what is suitable.

7. Ladder

It’s rather self-explanatory why you need a ladder to paint the house. You may get a standard six-foot ladder that fits your specifications. It’s an essential investment for your DIY project, either painting or wallpaper installation in Melbourne.


Final Say

The most essential supplies would be a ladder, paint, and paintbrushes. If you have these basics, you can pull off a paint job. However, the rest of the supplies make the paint job look more professional and finished. So, consider these items for your DIY project.

However, consider the project size first. If it’s too big, don’t try DIY. You would be better off with professional interior or exterior painters in Melbourne.

Also, another possibility for your home is wallpaper. It’s an incredible alternative to liquid paints. Even wallpapering is better done by a professional wallpaper installer in Melbourne.

Looking for a painting provider?

Millennium painting is an excellent name to consider. They are professional, reliable, and quick.










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