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Choose from a dozen nozzles and scrapers and adjustable temperature settings to tailor the DeWalt D26960K Heat Gun Kit to suit your task. It features an easy-to-read LCD display and can quickly strip away old finishes, soften adhesives to remove stubborn stickers, or melt plastics. $126.
Four tungsten-carbide blades, each with four cutting edges, and a 10,000-rpm motor make the Metabo 6.0 Amp Corded Power Paint Remover a powerful and eco-friendly way to strip off old paint and varnish. $299.
For patching cracks and holes before you paint, the Milwaukee Tool M18 Cordless 10-ounce Caulk and Adhesive Gun Kit can dispense more than 200 tubes of seam-sealing caulk on one charge. Comes with carriage, plunger/rod assembly, lithium battery, charger and one tube of adhesive. $279.
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Doing a lot of painting? The Astro Pneumatic Air Operated Paint Shaker 4550 can save a lot of time and effort. The 90-second shake time is both quick and quiet with its orbital drive mechanism. $200.
People who enjoy repainting furniture may rush to post their projects to social media after using the HomeRight Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer. Change the horizontal, vertical or circular spray pattern from 1 inch to 6 inches wide, and get a smooth, “factory-like” finish. $70.
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DIY enthusiasts enjoy the adaptability of an Earlex Spray Station 5500, a portable paint sprayer that uses high volume and low pressure to apply water- or oil-based paints. Onboard storage accommodates its 13-foot hose, and the spray can be fine-tuned as small as 1 inch. $320.
Big walls are no problem for a Wagner Flexio 690 HVLP Handheld Paint Sprayer. In five minutes, it can paint an 8-by-10-foot wall, and the 15-foot hose allows for a 30-foot work area. Switch to the detail-finish nozzle for smaller projects. $169.
Instead of a rigid plastic paint cup, the Graco TrueCoat 360DSP Airless Paint Sprayer uses refillable and disposable FlexLiner bags. Spray in any direction—even upside down—and toss the used bag when it’s time to clean up. $199.
Becky Billingsley is a freelance writer from Myrtle Beach, S.C. Her monthly column also appears in South Carolina Living, the statewide electric co-op magazine of the Palmetto state. Product inclusion on this page does not imply endorsement; product availability and prices are subject to change.