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Adapted equipment ensures a neat application. With the quality of the paint and the hand of the applicator, this is one of the three conditions of success of a building site. Guide of choice.

Choose your painting tools

Precautionary measures

Good organization reduces nuisance. In addition to the preparation of funds, different products can prevent stains or clean those that are made. Do not neglect personal protective equipment either, and keep in mind that any paint, with rare exceptions, emits potentially toxic compounds until it is completely dry. It is therefore important to ventilate the premises during and after the application. Avoid sleeping or staying in the repainted rooms, at least for the first 48 hours. For solvent-based paints, the delay is prolonged as long as you can detect the odor.

Close protection

Close protection

Put on wraparound clothes that do not fear tasks.

Protect your hands with latex or vinyl gloves (1).

If you use toxic paints, wear an interchangeable half-mask (2). A dust mask or scarf is useless.

The most careful will put on a disposable hooded suit to protect the hair (3).
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Preparation and preservation

Preparation and preservation

Spread on floors or furniture, the tarpaulin (1) preserves the surroundings. The masking adhesive (2) defines the areas to be painted.

If there are overflows on the windows, use a tile scraper (3). The bucket (4), the cloth and the sponge are always at hand to clean the fresh stains.

Finally, the sanding wedge (5) is used both for the preparation of the supports and between the different layers of a lacquering.

Rolls; Coils

The roller is perfectly adapted to large surfaces smooth or low relief. He is often accused of being messy. You will avoid spatter by carefully squeezing it on a draining grid and applying it without haste. The faster you go, the more the projections are numerous.

The different frames

The different frames

The main characteristic of a roll is its width. As standard, it is equal to 180 mm (1). For façade projects, it can reach 230 mm (2). Be careful in this case, the roller does not enter pots of less than 10 liters.

Conversely, the mini roller advantageously replaces the brush to paint small areas, in 10 cm (3) or 7.5 cm (4) wide.

You will also find special frames, for borders (5) in 38 mm wide or for angles (6).

The types of sleeve

The types of sleeve

For routine work, the sleeve can be foam (1) or wicked.

The length of the hairs then depends on the desired result. They are flush for lacquering (2), half-long for monolayer products (3) or long for painting on reliefs, cement plaster for example.

You will also find special rolls: roughcast (4) or extra-large in 50 cm (5). The sleeves are manufactured, depending on use, polyamide or polyester.

Sleeve, clean or throw?

It is difficult to properly clean a sleeve. In addition, rinsing requires too much diluent or water (never to drain). Buy them
as you go along your yards. Between two layers, pack them in a tight plastic bag. They will be preserved for up to two weeks. At the end of the construction site, let it dry in the open air and then throw in the trash. Keep the mount.

The brushes

The brushes and brushes that we use are the result of a long evolution, which guarantees materials and forms perfectly adapted to the function.
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A good range does not include all models, but only those that suit your habits. At first, do not hesitate to try the different forms proposed to judge yourself of their effectiveness.

Brushes, do not see too big

For a brush, it is useless to exceed 50 mm wide. Beyond, it is the roller to take over.
Products that are too liquid for the roll are applied to the panel brush, which is 15 cm wide.
A vitrifying brush can measure 20 cm.

From use to form...

From use to form...

1. The brush to rechampir, conical, is used to paint nets, angles and reliefs. For example around the window or skirting boards.
2. The thumb brush, round, stands like a pencil. It is useful for moldings and irregular shapes.
3. The flat brush, type "cod tail", is the most widespread. It allows to paint all smooth and flat surfaces.

From paint to fiber...

From paint to fiber...

The nature and characteristics of the hairs depend on the fluidity of the product to be applied and its composition. Depending on the case, it is most often pig bristles or synthetic fibers. Sleeves of different colors facilitate sorting and storage.

1. For solvent-based paint (glycerol...): pure pork bristles.
2. For painting called "water" (acrylic...): bristles of pork and synthetic fibers mixed.
3. For liquid products (wood treatment, wood stains...): tuft entirely made of synthetic fibers or mixed.

Great specialists: brushes and guipon

Great specialists: brushes and guipon

1. Large panel brush.
2. Brush to vitrify.
3. Brush bent on flat for radiators.
4. Edge bent brush for angles and returns
5. Whitewash brush for basic painting.
6. Whitewash guipon, to be mounted on a telescopic handle

Special tools

The range of tools to be painted knows no limit when it comes to creating effects: rollers for effect "wrinkled", "sponged", "marbled or" cloudy azure sky ", false wood comb... If everything is (almost) possible, remains to find the tool you need: do not look in DIY superstores, there is not. Instead, try your luck at a colored merchant, a hardware store or a professional distributor.

Effects accessories

Effects accessories

1. The glove to paint, sheepskin type, lends itself to wiped effects and the application of colored waxes.
2. Applicator stamps exist in different formats. They ensure a clean finish on smooth surfaces.
3. Corrugated, this roll is the champion of stripes and arabesques. Apply without pressing, taking care of the connections.

Effect rolls

Effect rolls

4. Coated with a chamoised skin, this roller makes it possible to obtain an "azure sky" effect. To roll without pressing the fresh paint.
5. Among many others, an example of effect quickly obtained with the special "sponged" roller.

Wood effects

Wood effects

6. Applied on a fresh solvent-based varnish, this comb makes it possible to create a false-wood vein without great difficulty.
7. Another model of comb, also called woodette, for drawing knots.

Complementary material

Complementary material

To paint properly, brushes and rollers are not enough.

The small tray (1) is essential if you use mini rollers. For larger sites, equip yourself with a truck (2) supplemented by its drip grid.

The mixer (3), mounted on the drill, allows to quickly homogenize all types of paint.

There are even special accessories for rectifying the defects, for example, this debulking roller (4).


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