Tools You’ll Need for House Painting in the Bay Area

House painting the Bay Area is a serious job indeed, so you will want to have a complete arsenal of paints and tools. Make sure that all of them are of good quality to get the job done and get it done right.

What you see in the following are the essential tools, as well as optional materials, to be used for interior and exterior painting jobs:

Protective gear and other materials for both interior/exterior house painting (you may or may not use all of them, depending on the situation)
1. Goggles
2. Face mask
3. Respirator (particularly if you’re about to remove mold and mildew)
4. Apron
5. A pair of rubber gloves
6. Step ladders

Make sure that you wear appropriate and comfortable clothing and footwear.

For interior house painting:

For preparing the surface:
1. Painter’s tape – for taping surfaces that you don’t want to paint. It can also be used when you want to paint horizontal, vertical, or diagonal decorative stripes on the wall.
2. Drop cloths – plastic drop cloths are fine for temporary protection, but canvas drop cloths are still the most recommended material for drop cloths.
3. Caulking compound, spackling paste, wood filler or putty – for filling in gaps.
4. Putty knife or a paint scraper – for scraping away old peeling and flaking paint and for applying putty.
5. Wire brush – for cleaning dirt that cannot be removed by a simple cleaning alone.
6. Sandpaper – for smoothening the surface after applying caulk or after scraping. away peeling paint.
7. Screwdriver – for removing fixtures such as doorknobs, switch plates, electrical covers, hooks, etc.
8. Cloth, damp and dry – for wiping away the dirt from the surfaces.
9. Cleaning solution – it depends on the level of dirt that the surface has accumulated. For instance, a bleach solution is applied on surfaces with mold and mildew.
10. Primer – priming is not necessary especially if you are about to paint brand-new drywall. But you may need this when you have to paint an existing surface, especially the one that has taken a lot of beating (surface flaws and stains). A primer is also needed when you decide to paint a light-colored topcoat over an existing darker paint as the primer creates a “barrier” between the darker paint and the new lighter paint.

For painting

1. Paintbrushes
You may not use only one type of a paintbrush because there are lots of them, with each being made for specific applications. Check them out and see which are the ones that will suit your painting needs:

Type of paintbrush bristles:

  • Synthetic bristles – made of any of these materials: nylon, polyester, PVC, polypropylene, or a combination of any of them. This is ideal for latex paints and other paint products.
  • Natural bristles – made of natural materials such as animal hair, feathers, and even vegetable fibers. They should be used only for oil-based paints and other paint products
  • Size:
  • 1- to 2-inch brush – for painting smaller and narrower spaces, narrower trim areas, touchups or details
  • 2 1/2- to 3-inch brush – for painting corners, trim, and edges
  • 4- to 5-inch brush – for painting wide, large, and non-textured surfaces.

2. Paint rollers
Paint rollers are ideal for covering large and wide surfaces. Unlike brushes, paint rollers make the job faster. The size of the roller covers depends on the size of or type of surfaces to be painted.

  • 4- to 7-inch nap – for painting smaller areas
  • 9-inch nap – which is the standard size
  • 14- to 18-inch nap – for painting larger and wider areas

3. Paints – make sure that you buy the best quality paint that you can afford. They may cost more, but they are durable and are sure to last for a long time.
4. Primer
5. Paint trays
6. A five-gallon bucket fitted with a paint grid – for faster and more even paint-rolling as well as less spilling accidents.
7. Drop cloths – it is always better to use canvas over plastic drop cloths.
8. Wire brush
9. Tack cloth
For cleaning up:
1. Regular soap and water for cleaning and washing tools used with latex paints.
2. Mineral spirits, thinners or solvents for cleaning up tools used with oil-based paints.
3. Trays for filling thinners, solvents, etc., to soak up tools used with oil-based paints.
4. Painter’s comb for cleaning and brushing the bristles.
5. A 5-in-1 tool for scraping away excess paint from the roller cover.
6. Usual cleaning tools (vacuum, or a broom and a dustpan, garbage bags, etc.) for cleaning up the space after painting.

For exterior house painting

For preparing the surface:

1. A bucket of water, a clean rag or a piece of cloth, sponge and regular brush for manual cleaning.
2. A power washer for quicker cleaning – if you don’t own a power washer, you can also rent one.
3. A cleaning solution such as TSP or water/bleach – for cleaning more stubborn dirt as well as molds and mildew
4. Putty knife or a paint scraper
5. Wire brush – this is used for getting rid of chalky substances (efflorescence) on stucco, brick, and masonry.
6. Caulking compound, wood filler, spackling paste or putty
7. Damp, clean, and limp-free cloth
8. Canvas drop cloths
9. Screwdriver
10. Hammers and nails
11. Clean rags or cloths

For painting:
There are three methods: brushing, rolling and spraying. You can use one or any of those methods. Of course, the more methods you choose, the more tools you have to use.

1. Paintbrushes
2. Paint rollers
3. Spray gun – Spraying covers bigger surfaces faster brushing or rolling, and its ideal for both regular walls and stucco
4. Paints – make sure that you have measured your house to determine how many gallons of paints you will use. Also, purchase only good quality paints.
5. Primers
6. Drop cloths – for covering bushes, flower beds, etc.
7. Painter’s specialty paint pads
8. Paint trays or a five-bucket gallon fitted with a paint grid for faster rolling
9. Extension ladders or scaffolding (if you have one)
10. Mineral spirits, thinners or solvents (for cleaning oil paints)
11. Paint pad applicators
12. Painter’s tape

It’s not just the quality of materials that matters when house painting in the Bay Area. You’ll also need proper preparation, painting techniques, and follow safety procedures so that your job will come out as smooth as you want it to be.

House Painting Bay Area Using Tuscan Inspiration

Contrary to what has been thought, bringing the Tuscany atmosphere into your home is not at all difficult. In fact, with simple house painting in the Bay Area, you can have the Tuscan look you want to achieve. You can have this look by doing the painting job yourself or, better yet, by hiring professionals to be sure that your home looks great.

The Tuscan style has become popular in many homes in the Bay Area because its aged, sun-burnt, and weathered appearance evokes a warm and welcoming ambience. The Tuscan uses a number of materials that range from leather, terra cotta, and tile to marble, wrought iron, wood, and copper. Colors used include rust red, dark warm brown, burnt orange, olive green, sunshine yellow and deep Mediterranean blue. These colors are strongly associated with this style. The Tuscan look is quite versatile — it can appear charmingly rustic at one time and then look elegant the next. And most of all, this style is incredibly easy to achieve! The elements are available in home improvement and retail stores all over the United States.

Start off with basecoat that is neutral. Usually this will be off-white or basic eggshell; you could also use very light brown. Then allow it to dry for at least 24 hours before moving on to the next step. Decide if you want to add texture or if you’ll use just color for an element of interest.

If your next step is to add texture, then start by mixing a little base color with joint compound until it looks like thick cake batter. To achieve the stucco-like texture, you will want to use a spreader – regular or comb-edge. Next, start adding the mixture to the walls. You don’t want an even coat. You want it to be thicker in some places on the wall and thinner in others so it gives the uneven, weathered look you want.

But if you decide to use color only, the next step is to grab a rag or sponge. This will be used to add a wash of color to the walls. Allow this layer to dry completely (at least 24 hours) and then go on to the next step.

Here is where you add the details if you want. Remember that doing this can either make the whole look more beautiful, or make it look worse. You can achieve well-placed details in several ways such as using stencils to add grape vines, or you can make brick or stone shapes with a sponge. For a more “aged” effect, antiquing or crackle glaze can be painted on the wall. If you have a remarkably artistic hand in particular, you can also paint mural with grape vines, terra cotta buildings, and rolling hills in the distance.

Or if you’d like to add more depth to your walls, use two accent colors. For example, use a lighter color (like yellow) as your first accent color. Mix in enough water to make the paint runny. A 2.5 inch brush dipped into the mixture and dabbed on your wall, leaving it drip for a while, will create uneven lines on the wall. Blend the drips into the background color, by using a simple wet sponge. To make a second accent color, use a cool, dark color (like olive green) and add water to make it fairly thin. Use a flat-edged brush, dip it into your mixture and add diagonal lines to the walls. Dab it with a clean rag to soften the lines. Do this step again but using a warm dark color such as brick red. The outcome of doing this method is a more aged and weathered look on the walls. If something doesn’t look just right, you can make the needed adjustments to it. For instance, for spots that are too dark, you can brighten them with a lighter accent mixture. If there are areas that don’t have accents, you can add them there.

Once all the detail work has dried for at least 24 hours, seal the walls to keep them looking great as well as to add another layer of protection. Two coats of sealer are usually preferable. You can add decorations and accessories. And it’s done! From a simple method such as house painting in the Bay Area, you can now enjoy the beauty of Tuscany right in your own home!