Dan Brady Reveals Pro Secrets: List of Top 10 Cool Paint Tools

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Paint contractor Dan Brady shares 20 years painting experience when he reveals his Top 10 list of cool paint tools

One of Dan Brady's Favorite Paint Tools, the Bucket Brush

“In a tough economy I’m always looking for ways to be more competitive, increasing worker and job efficiency,” says Brady. “I’ve found some great tools and products on the market that allow us to increase the speed at which we work."

A tape that gives razor sharp lines, liquid mask for window panes, a self adhesive cover material for protecting cabinets and walls from painting spatters. These are just three of 10 professional tools that Dan Brady lists as his top 10 favorite paint tools. Brady is a Traverse City, Michigan painting contractor and the creator of an HGTV-style video that teaches the tricks of the painting trade to do-it-yourselfers.

“In a tough economy I’m always looking for ways to be more competitive, increasing worker and job efficiency,” says Brady. “I’ve found some great tools and products on the market that allow us to increase the speed at which we work, while still providing the quality work and attention to detail our company is known for.”

The Dan Brady Top 10 Paint Tools and Products List includes:

1.    Hyde QuickReach Airless Spray Gun Extension Pole
Using this extension pole with an airless spray gun allows for painting most one and two story homes from the ground. Painters don’t have to move ladders and painting from the ground is always safer. With a team of two – one to spray and one to back brush – many homes can be completed in a day.

2.    PiViT provisional tools “Ladder Leveler”
This allows leveling any ladder inside or out – whether you’re trying to work over uneven landscaping or in a forbidding stairwell area.

3.    Flex-Tec HV by Advance Repair Technology
This flexible product can be used for exterior and interior wood repair. It doesn’t crack as a result of temperature extremes and can be sculpted to match detailed trim pieces. This company also offers a new glazing compound, Glaze Ease, which comes in a caulk tube and is ready to paint in just two hours.

4.    Graco Proshot Battery Powered Airless Cup Gun
This spray gun is great for smaller jobs such as deck furniture, spindles and out of reach chimneys. You can also use it to apply Liquid Mask to windows.

5.     Frog Tape
Razor sharp lines – everyone wants them but until Frog Tape came out it was darn hard to get them, even with the steadiest hand. To see it work, check out the Dan Brady Tricks of the Trade Painting Videos website.

6.    Wall Patch
These nifty wall repair patches remove the headache from this job. They’re available in several different sizes from small to large and are easy enough for a novice to use.    

7.     Liquid Mask
Great for old homes with multiple pane windows. Just brush or spray liquid mask over the window pane before painting. It won’t stick to glass but will stick to wood and act as a primer. After you’re done painting the wood window trim simply take a sharp painters knife, cut around the edge of the pane and pull the liquid mask off the window. This method saves a ton of time.

8.    Ladder Max Ladder Stabilizer
Ladder Max gives you the stability of a traditional ladder stabilizer but has the correct angle on it to safely go up over rain gutters. The Ladder Max boots sit on the roof.

9.    Grip N Guard
Grip N Guard is a self-adhering masking film that clings to just about any surface without taping. It makes what was a slow, tedious job go quickly and it works wonderfully.

10.    Belt Bucket
A great dip cup for painting trim. It comes with removable, disposable liners and a clip to hold your brush or roller when you’re climbing ladders. Be safer with your paint secured to your hip, leaving your hands free to hold onto the ladder.

These tips, combined with the educational information on the Dan Brady Painting Tricks of the Trade video, help novice painters turn out a professional job. Brady’s 17-chapter HGTV-style DVD costs $24.95 or it can be purchased as a convenient on-line subscription for $14.95. The video has been purchased by do-it-yourselfers internationally.

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