Professional Painting Tips

Veteran painter Butch Zang tells you his secrets for faster, easier and better results.

Required Tools for this Project

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

  • Drywall sander
  • Roller tray

You'll also need synthetic bristle paintbrushes (2-in. and 3-in.), sanding sponges (medium and fine grits), paint rollers (7-in. and 9-in.), a roller extension handle, 7-in. mohair roller cover (1/4-in. nap), 9-in. sheepskin roller covers (1/2-in. and 3/4-in. nap), dropcloths (canvas), putty knife (2-in.), painter's tape (3-in.) and a wallpaper smoothing tool.

Required Materials for this Project

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

  • Shellac spray sealer
  • Alcohol base primer
  • Ceiling paint
  • Wall paint, flat or eggshell sheen
  • Trim paint
  • Deglosser/cleaner
  • Latex paint conditioner
  • Denatured alcohol solvent
  • Wall spackling compound
  • Latex/silicone caulk, paintable