Top Tip

Painting with water based paint? Lightly moisten brushes or rollers with water before starting, and occasionally during painting, to keep them working freely. If using an oil based paint, use mineral turps to lightly moisten.

DIY Exteriors

Step 5: Which tools are best?

Using quality tools will ensure the best finish, follow our guide below.

Tools for water based paints

Sunscreen (Low Sheen)

Medium to long nap synthetic roller (use longer nap on rough surfaces) or quality synthetic brush.

Sunscreen (Satin & Gloss)

Short nap synthetic roller on smooth surfaces or quality synthetic brush.

Trims (Satin & Gloss)

Short nap synthetic roller or quality synthetic brush.

Tools for oil based paints

Trims (High Gloss)

Short nap mohair roller or quality brush.

Keep reading...

Step 1: How much paint do I need?

Step 2: Which sheen should I use?

Step 3: Prepare the surface

Step 4: Let's paint

Step 5: Which tools do I need?

Step 6: Clean-up, storage & disposal

Guide Download

Download a PDF of our DIY Exterior Painting Guide

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