Surface Preparation Tools
• Similar in appearance to a joint taping knife but primarily used for scraping off old paint,
digging out old compounds and opening cracks.
• The most popular length is 3”.
• Blades can be stiff or flexible for different tasks.
• The putty knife looks similar to the scraper, but has a smaller blade, usually 1-1/4” and 1-1/2”. Use it for applying putty and spackling.
• Use it to scrape old wallpaper off walls and peel paint from work surfaces.
• Blade is removable for replacement and is secured with screws.
• Angled head offers enhanced leverage.
• Also called a wood scraper or paint and varnish scraper.
• Removes old finishes and smoothes the surface with its sharp cutting blade.
• The large handle also serves as a hammer head.
• Often used with paint strippers and other chemical removers.
• Blade sizes range from 1” to 5”.
• Replaceable blades are usually made from tempered, high-carbon steel.
• Used to scrape excess paint off windows.
• Can accommodate either single- or double-edge razor blades.
• The most popular type has a retractable blade that slides into the handle when not in use.
• Also called painter’s tape, it is a general-purpose, pressure-sensitive tape.
• Use it to mask off areas not intended to be painted.
• All-purpose tapes are increasingly being replaced by specific tapes designed for tasks such as baseboards and trim, glass, hard-to-stick surfaces, lacquer surfaces, brick and tile and delicate surfaces.