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Roller or brush? The applicator matters for your DIY painting project

March 16, 2011

Courtesy of ARA Content

In today’s tight economy, freshening outdated home interiors can seem like a daunting, budget-breaking task. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot to remove eyesores such as unattractive paneling, too-dark cabinets or that not-so-charming “retro” fireplace mantel and surround.

Instead of living with these design disasters from another era, there’s an easy and inexpensive fix—paint. Quality interior coatings, applied with the proper applicators, can go a long way in giving those design debacles a quick and easy facelift for hundreds of dollars less than a full-scale renovation.

But before you start your paint project, it’s important to know the key to success is selecting not only a quality coating, but applying it with a quality painting applicator. If an inferior applicator is used, even the most outstanding paint may not provide the smooth finish you desire. Using superior applicators can streamline a variety of interior painting projects, saving you time and money, and ultimately helping you achieve a fabulous end result.

“Paint has long been considered one of the great budget boosters for decorating projects,” says Andrew Marsden, product manager for Purdy applicators. “When you combine a first-rate paint with a quality painting applicator, you can transform a variety of surfaces—from outdated cabinetry to knotty pine paneling—giving any room in the house a fresh look.”

When to use a mini roller

Premium applicators come in a number of shapes and sizes; however, one of today’s most popular choices is the mini roller. Purdy has a variety of innovative mini roller choices that are versatile, lightweight, can quickly and easily deliver a perfect finish with smooth rolling action and have the ability to reach tight spaces. These combined features make them the ideal applicator for an endless number of projects, from painting walls, doors and cabinets, to freshening up tables, chairs and even bedroom furniture.

When to use a brush

Even with all the advantages the mini roller offers, a paint brush is still the hero for most projects, especially when trim work is needed. A quality brush is a must when you’re aiming to end up with a professional-looking appearance. Most consumers might not know it’s also important to use a brush that’s the appropriate size for your painting project. So, be certain to keep these tips in mind:

• Use 1- and 2-inch brushes for trim work, touch-ups and smaller projects such as window frames and moldings. Angular 1- and 2-inch brushes are great for painting around windows.

•  Choose brushes measuring 2 1/2 and 3 inches for medium-size surfaces such as cabinets, baseboards, doors or steps.

•  Paint larger surfaces, like walls, ceilings and floors with brushes ranging in size from 3 1/2 inches to 6 inches.

“Whether you’re using a brush or mini roller, the right applicator can make or break any painting project,” Marsden says. “By paying as much attention to the size and quality of applicator used, in addition to the paint, you’re guaranteed to end up with a fantastic finished project that you’ll be able to admire and enjoy for years to come.”

From the March 16-22, 2011, issue

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