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Use These 12 Baseboard Painting Tools for Amazing Results

Andrew Grill

Baseboard Painting Tips

Painting baseboards can instantly add life and vibrancy to your baseboards. Whether you are adding new baseboards or painting over with a fresh coat of the same color – you will be happy with the results of your home improvement project.

While all baseboard painting projects require paint and a brush (or roller or sprayer), you might be surprised to find a few baseboard painting tools you didn’t think of.

Generally, we wrote this assuming you would be painting in place. However, even if you are using a sprayer or a roller brush in the garage – many of the tools here will still be applicable.

Preparing to Paint

1. Tape (Painters Tape, Masking Tape)

 

Baseboard Painting Tools - Masking Tape (3M) - Scotch Blue
Good masking tape can make all the difference in quality edges, or paint that bleeds in between.
Is It Required? No, it is not required, but it should be. Only professionals or very experienced painters should try painting baseboards without any tape.

How Will I Use It? Tape primarily protects against the surrounding areas of the baseboard. Areas can include carpets, walls, door casing, or hardwood floors. Painters tape also serves as a guide for your painting. It is designed to be peeled off easily so you can use it to ensure you get accurate, clean lines.

2. Drop Cloth

 

Baseboard Painting Tools - Bend Tool Co. - Drop Cloth Package
Drop cloth can be used for many different purposes - including cleaning up paint or preventing a spill.
Is It Required? No, a drop cloth is not required, but it will come in handy.

How Will I Use It? Dropcloth creates an excellent place to set the paint while you are painting. With drop cloth, you don’t need to worry about spilling on the floor. It also works as a ready towel in case something does happen where you need to clean up paint quickly.

3. Rosin Paper

 

Baseboard Painting Tools - Bend Tool Co. - Rosin Paper
Take the time to prep! Add rosin paper over your floors before you start painting.
Is it Required? Rosin paper is not required, but paint is all about preparation and rosin paper is a great way to go above and beyond when prepping to make your job run smoothly.

How Will I Use It? It is a great, quality way to cover your floor and surrounding areas in the process. It is inexpensive, large, and durable. We recommend lining it up along the baseboard on the floor, so you have a consecutive space to paint without having to stop and move the cloth as you go.

4. Sanding Pad

 

Baseboard Painting Tools - Bend Tool Co. - Sanding Pad
A good sanding pad can prevent stress on the wrists and forearms.

Is It Required? It is hard to envision a baseboard painting project without the need for any sanding.

How Will I Use It? A sanding pad is a great ergonomic way to sand your baseboards. If your baseboards are being painted by hand while they are installed, a sanding pad will help you get more leverage in your limited angles. Buy different grits to be safe, start with a higher grit and work your way down to a lower grit.

5. Fill Stick or Spackling (Paste)

 

Baseboard Painting Tools - Bend Tool Co. - Fill Stick (Mohawk)
Smooth out any dings and dents with a fill stick or spackling.
Is It Required? Whether your baseboards are brand new or already installed, they probably have some dings and dents. Don’t expect the paint to do the job. Fill sticks or spackling paste work better than caulk because they don’t expand and contract throughout the year.

How Will I Use It: Anywhere you see dings, dents, you will want to use a fill stick or spackling paste. What’s more, if you need to do any work on the baseboards, like adding nails or removing any pieces and reinstalling, you are going to want to have some ready.

Painting

6. Brush (Angled)

 

Baseboard Painting Tools - Bend Tool Co. - Angled Paint Brush (Wooster - In Package)
Angled paint brushes - combined with the right paint, make smooth finishes.

Is It Required? Yes, you need a brush. Angled brushes are preferred.

How Will I Use It? In most cases, you will need a brush to apply the paint. Brushes help apply the paint in any position. We have discussed using the right type of paintbrush and paint combination previously.

7. Paint Guide

 

Baseboard Painting Tools - Bend Tool Co. - Paint Guide
Use a paint guide to keep your lines locked in.

Is It Required? A painting guide is not required, but this inexpensive tool can save you from much additional work later.

How Will I Use It? Use the paint guide to help create edges for your painting. You can use them above the baseboard, on the floor, on the casing – or wherever you don’t want the paint touching.

8. Knee Pads

 

Baseboard Painting Tools - Bend Tool Co. - Knee Pads
If you are painting your baseboards in place, save your knees and get a good set of pads to work with.

Is It Required? They might be! Knee pads can provide much-needed relief over the duration of your project. Especially if you have hardwood floors.

How Will I Use It? Kneepads will save your knees. Painting baseboards in place can be a time-consuming project. If your knees don’t mind at first, they might by the time you finish.

9. 5 in 1 Tool

 

Baseboard Painting Tools - Bend Tool Co. - 5 in 1 Tool (Red Devil)
A 5 in 1 tool has many uses that can be very help when painting.
Is It Required? Do yourself a favor and get one – they’re cheap.

How Will I Use It? For everything. A 5 in 1 Tool has a ‘C’ shape on them specially designed to help scrape excess paint from a roller brush. They can help open paint cans, remove caulk or dried paint.

10. Work Light

 

Baseboard Painting Tools - Bend Tool Co. - Work Light
Adding a dedicated light can help expose any dings or dents you might not see when painting.
Is It Required? You can’t paint baseboards in the dark.

How Will I Use It? Having a light nearby can help apply the paint. Throughout the course of the day, natural light may come and go, and the lights in your home are not designed to illuminate your baseboards. With light applied directly on your baseboards as you go, it will help prevent blemishes, paint build-up, and other eye-catching problems.

11. Edging Pad

 

Baseboard Painting Tools - Bend Tool Co. - Edging Pad
Paint edgers are great for painting the areas surrounding the baseboard.

Is It Required? You don’t need an edging pad to paint the baseboards.

How Will I Use It? Edging pads are helpful to paint and blend the paint on the walls or surrounding areas. We do not recommend them for painting the baseboards.

12. Tape and Paper Dispenser

 

Baseboard Paint Tools - Bend Tool Co. - Tape and Paint Dispenser Scotch Blue
If you are using tape or paper - this can help save time and help with accuracy.

Is It Required? No, it is not required, but if you want to make the job faster and limit clean seriously consider picking up this tool. 

How Will I Use It? The dispensers are made in different sizes for larger and small tape and paper selections. Upon choosing the tape and paper that best suits your job, follow the instructions on the dispenser and load it with your selected tape and paper. The beauty of the dispenser is that it overlaps a portion of the tape on the paper as it is reeled off. To get started, unreel 6 or so inches of the tape and paper from the dispenser and place along the edge of your soon to be painted baseboard. Once in place, you are good to go.  

 

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