It’s often said that a bad workman blames his tools. One way you can avoid the blame-game is by making sure you have the right tools to give you the perfect finish in your home renovation project.

There are plenty of useful tools and gadgets out there that will make your life easier when tackling any painting project.

Rockcote Enterprises lists out eight must-have tools that will help you achieve that perfect paint finish.

Paint Tray & Roller

Regular paint trays may be cheap but cheap trays won’t carry paint as well, are often unstable and are as much a hindrance as a convenience. The ROCKCOTE Roller Pack provides you with a deep tray to hold more than enough paint, plus a high-quality roller and extension pole so, no matter what surface you’re painting, you’ll be able to get your paint from tray to wall or roof with minimum hassle.

Corner Paint Pad

While you can paint up to a corner with no problem, getting an even, smooth finish can mean lots of dabbing, smoothing and finishing. With a UNi-PRO Corner Paint Pad, it’s as easy as a single stroke. It might seem a bit excessive, but it will give you far more professional and far quicker finished corners, regardless of whether you are painting wall-to-wall or wall-to-ceiling.

Masking Tape

Buying the wrong masking tape can lead to bleeding, uneven edges and peeling halfway through the job. The ScotchBlue range – the gold standard in painting tape – is made specifically for painters. Priced a little higher than regular masking tapes, this painting tape will save you the headache that cheaper tapes will otherwise cause.

Paint Mixer

Mixing your paint by hand might turn out quite tiresome. If you’re planning on using more than one can of paint and want to save a lot of effort, a Trojan 100mm Paint Drill Mixer is going to be your new best friend. It fits to any standard power drill and will mix your paint to perfection at the push of a button.

Paint Scraper

To clean up drips, over-paint or rough edges, add Trojan’s 6-in-1 Multi Paint Scraper to your tool kit. It can also be used as a putty knife or can opener and even has a curved edge for squeezing off your paint rollers.

The ‘Right’ Brush

No one brush will be up to every task, so it’s worthwhile expanding your quiver. With ROCKCOTE’s Brush Pack, you get a combination of three brush sizes to maximise your benefit. The wide 88mm wall brush is ideal for maximum coverage, while two sash brushes in 63mm and 38mm are perfect for features such as frames, cornices and mouldings. The high-quality, fine-tapered filaments hold plenty of paint while giving a precise square edge to get into the tightest of corners or cover your mouldings smoothly.


Edging can be the most time-consuming part of your paint job. The Shur-Line Professional Pop Off Wheel Edger gets up close and personal with even the tightest of corners, giving you a fast, even, precisely-painted corner edge around door frames, architraves, skirting and features.

Paint Can Opener

When you can pop a lid with an old screwdriver, you may think a can opener is pointless, but do yourself a favour. For around 50c, a UNi-PRO Metal Paint Opener is quite possibly the best investment you can make in your collection of tools.

Added Tips:

Buy high-quality brushes if you plan to paint your entire home or use for more than one project.

Investing in a high-volume roller will save you a lot of time and trips to your paint tray.

Bonus Tip:

If you are planning on a lot of painting, especially for ceilings, stairwells and high walls, an adjustable angle ladder will also be an excellent time-saving investment.

To get the best start for your home redecoration, ROCKCOTE’s Renovator Pack gives you everything you need for a professional finish. Consisting of a tray, roller and extension, three brushes, a drop sheet and even masking tape, this single pack will save you time, money and numerous trips to Bunnings and back. Order on our website today.