Painting Tips: How to Paint Faster

Professional secrets for a speedy, great-looking job

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Caulk gun
  • Paint roller
  • Paint scraper
  • Paint tray
  • Putty knife
  • Rags
  • Roller tray
  • Roller sleeve
  • Paintbrush
  • Utility knife

You'll also need an extendable roller pole, a paint pail, an 18-in. roller and cover, a mini-roller and screen, and rubber gloves.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Masking or rosin paper
  • Masking tape
  • Caulk
  • Painter's plastic
  • Bondo glazing putty
  • Liquid sander/deglosser
  • Paint