If you are considering starting a commercial or residential painting business, you will only need a few basic inexpensive tools to get started. You can purchase other tools as more jobs appear and with your down payment. Here is a list of the most essential commercial paint tools needed to get started.
1.) Quality Cage Frame – Also known as a paint roller. Wooster and Purdy have heavy duty cage frames for commercial use that are sold at most professional paint stores.
2.) Extension Pole – Get a good medium size fiberglass extension pole to extend walls and ceilings.
3.) Wall Sander: I always sand walls and ceilings before laying them out. Clean up cobwebs and anything else that needs to be pulled down to soften the walls and ceilings.
4.) Roller Bucket – I use Wooster’s Roller Bucket. It is tall, square and has a lid. It’s made of durable plastic and balances much better than a paint tray and washes away easily. It is a must.
5.) Chopping Bucket – I like to put some paint in a small plastic chopping bucket. There are small 1 gallon buckets of drywall compound that when empty make a great cutting bucket and also have a lid. They will last for years.
6.) Step Ladder – A regular 5 foot wooden ladder works perfectly for most homes. If I need a 6 foot ladder, I have an aluminum one for that. Most of the time, all I need is my 5-foot meter and I’m only 5’6 “tall, so there you have it.
7.) 16 ‘Extension Ladder – Ideal for ladders or ranch-style exterior jobs. I use my 16 foot extension ladder more than any other size. I also have 20 ‘and 24’ extension ladders, but couldn’t do without my 16ft little one. 8.) Drop cloths – I like better to use the runner type. They are inexpensive, lightweight to transport, and can be easily moved around the room. I also have 9 x 12 on hand.
9.) Fluorescent Light: Painting the interior without a fluorescent light is almost impossible, especially on a cloudy day. Fluorescent light is a pleasant white light that is great for painting and shows colors in their true form.
10.) Tool Bucket – An empty 5 gallon bucket is a great tool bucket. I keep my pliers, hammer, razors, caulking gun, etc., in my tool bucket.
11.) Small Fan: I bought a $ 30 blower type fan made by Walmart’s Stanley Tools. Dries walls and ceilings quickly so you can get back to work cutting and moving around the room without getting wet.
12.) Drywall Compound – I Hate Spackle. Blinks under paint jobs. I use the Sheetrock brand of 90 minute quick dry drywall compound found at Lowes or other hardware stores for about $ 11 a bag. It will last me the whole year. It is the powdered formula and is easy to mix on the job with water and a small cutting bucket. This way you don’t have to carry around a pale 5 gallon heavy which can also freeze over the winter and can have a lot of chunks over time.
13.) Caulking Gun – I use painters caulk all the time to fill small gaps between joinery, trim, and walls. Most paint stores have it on hand. I use the indoor / outdoor type for 35 years.
So there you have it. If you are considering starting your own painting business and want to know how much it will cost to start, this list will help you. I’m guessing everything on the list runs to around $ 300. If you already have a stepladder and even a small extension ladder, this will cut down on your initial cost considerably.