Ok, this might not be a specific kitchen painting toolbox but I do take it on every kitchen painting job I do in South Wales. It just so happens that it comes on every job I do regardless. The tools are also not permanent, some fall out of favour, some become much loved and refuse to leave, some look like bits of rubbish but I swear they have a use.
For a more audio and visual experience you can watch the video, but if you prefer to read my words and not listen to my voice continue reading and find some links to products. Some links are affiliate, some not but all. Every tool were bought by myself and there is no sponsorship or marketing
Cleaning Festool Systainers
First off the cleaning process, I used a diluted ViroSol solution, this is the same cleaner i use on kitchens and it works great. It comes concentrated and you add water to the mix that is required, I have used it neat on some stubbon grease build up around ovens and extractors but would normally dilute it around 50-75ml into 1L of water.
So empty the contents, give it a quick hoover, then spray and wipe the containers and toolbox to get them minty fresh.
They have come up great, almost like new. The interesting part is what is inside though, I’m always curious as to what people carry with them and what they prefer to use. So lets start at the top Festool Systainer SYS-StorageBox SYS-SB (catchy I know) the Festool Systainers are expensive for what they are and I don’t know if starting again I would go with them. They are lightweight, click together really securely and with a little thought and effort can be customised for what you need. But they are expensive for a plastic box and at times feel a little flimsy, that said in the past 12 years I have not had one break on me.
Top compartments for your most used tools
On to inside, once everything was clean and dry I put back all the tools, found out what I needed to replenish and removed some of the stuff that was hanging around. Lets start with the general bits in the top section on the left
Linbide Scraper great for removing flaking paint, runs and levelling 2pack filler/resin
Various wrenches, pliers, nail punch and pincers
The string has a weight at the end and is used to re-cord sash windows (called a mouse)
Finally a tool for opening tubes of silicone/caulk and snipping the nozzle, its ok to use no better than a knife
Onto the top section on the right, a bit more decorating tools but they do need to be restocked
Plastic scrapers I use sometimes for filling
A couple of rollers, I tend to carry a few different kinds foam, flocked, medium pile and short. Depending on what paint and the surface that is being painted, so I need to get a few more here
Ear pods, I like to listen to podcasts rather than the radio and usually only put one in unless I’m using the sander and extractor
Tape measure, and disposable gloves for cleaning down/protection
Toys for Decorators
I love a gadget and something extra I have picked up is a ColorReader from Tikkurila, handy to match colours while on a job and capable to assess the accuracy of a colour from a sample or between surfaces. I think it is going to come in handy, there is a ColorReader Pro version available for around £250 which can be used without a smartphone. Benjamin Moore also have a branded one which will be useful
In the lower sections I carry mostly brushes, I use the Royal Langnickel for laying off with some various pencil brushes, general work I tend to go between Purdy and Picasso brushes. Then in the other side I have door buffers for kitchen doors after painting, cling film if I need to wrap up brushes or rollers, folding rule and I now use prescription safety glasses. I got tired of scratching up cheap glasses so decided to get a proper pair for work, they wrap around and have a detachable foam seal and strap.
Top Drawer Tools
The next toolbox is a Festool Sortainer SYS 4 TL-SORT/3 (bet you didn’t guess that) the top drawer from left to right
- Measuring devices – Lecia Disto D2 I was surprised how accurate it was and it stores, calculates and can connect to your phone.
- Infrared temp sensor helps to assess surfaces and work out any problems and a moisture meter as you need to know what you painting is ready for painting.
- Different tapes, electrical, double sided, duct tape and super glue to get out of trouble.
- Syringe and needle for wallpaper or adding colour/water to paint.
- Olfa knives including the shark fin is invaluable along with some pens, pencils, markers
- Hidden there is a glass scraper and a wet film thickness gauge to ensure a coating is meeting the required thickness
- I like to use an apron rather than overalls, this was made by my wife (thank you @Zolly )
- Blades and snap box for knives
- I carry Olfa and NT Cutter blades. Axus Tack Cloth is great for getting those final bits of sanding dust off surfaces.
- Wera Kraftform Kompakt screwdriver, top quality and holds 6 bits in the handle.
- Charger cables for phone and EarPods.
- Glass cleaner and razor blades.
- Mirka Shark blade made of carbide steel and to remove nibs and runs, I use it sometimes but not often.
- Finally ear plugs because after a couple of hours of using a RO90 with extractor your ears will thank you for the protection
- Bottom drawer mostly abrasives and a bit of filler.
- Granat blocks and fine hand sanding paper. Hamilton 3 knot dust brush and a tool I made up to get into some tight spaces.
- Mirka Goldflex 150 and 240 grit with some Hamilton Perfection Filling Knives which I have had for over 10 years and still think they are the best knives around, finally Helmi fine finish filler
Like I said at the beginning all these tools get moved around I add somethings and take others away but generally this is everything I will need for most days and these 2 boxes stay with me all day. I will bring in a specific masking toolbox, filling toolbox, drill driver or sander but then take them back to the van when finished