The 17 Biggest Time Wasting Mistakes People make During Painting Part 6

MISTAKE #9: Not Using the Right Supplies

We recommend that you use simple quality tools. The tools listed below don’t wear out easily and you’ll be able to use them for years on other improvements throughout your home.

Generally, almost all paint jobs that you are brushing can be handled with:

a) a three-inch straight-edge siding brush,

b) a two-inch angled sash brush, and

c) a two-and-a-half-inch straightedge trim brush.

Good brushes of any size have long bristles with tapered (chiseled) ends and split (flagged) tips.

Clean all brushes immediately after they fall to the ground or floor. This way nothing mixes in with the paint that you’™ll find later on your wet painted surface starring at you.


  • Extension Ladder
  • Measuring Cups -Scraper
  • 100 Grit Sandpaper
  • Step Ladder
  • Gloves and even Goggles when painting underside areas.
  • Clear Dishwashing Soap
  • Cleaning Rags
  • Drop Cloths, sheets or good plastic
  • Hammer & Nail Set
  • Steel Wool
  • Spray Applicator
  • Joint Compound
  • Putty Knife
  • Wire Brush
  • Paint Pad Applicators
  • Paint Paddles
  • Caulking Gun
  • Paints & Primers -Roller Tray -Good Masking tape
  • Extra Pail
  • Mineral Spirits when using oil-based paint
  • Plastic Bags
  • Caulk/Sealant
  • Brushes & Rollers


  • Step Ladder
  • Clear Dishwashing Soap
  • Putty knife
  • Bucket
  • Canvas drop cloth, sheets or good plastic -Caulk
  • Fine Sandpaper
  • Gloves/goggles
  • Rags
  • Roller handle
  • Measuring Cups -2″ or 2 1/2 sash brush
  • Caulking Gun
  • Adjustable extension pole
  • Screwdriver
  • Mineral Spirits (if using solvents)
  • Roller tray
  • Roller covers

MISTAKE #10: Skipping Testing

A little dab will do. When choosing a color, have the store mix a modest batch for you. At home, paint a good-sized section for the actual wall to see how the color will look before you buy enough for the whole house or room.

burks team