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Paint Roller Techniques and Tips


A lot of you that have used a paint roller before and have started to develop your own techniques when painting. If you haven’t used a paint roller before then you would of read the instructions before painting, which usually tells you to apply the paint in a pattern before rolling it out. In this blog post we will show you a simple technique on how to quickly spread a smooth layer of paint onto a wall. This technique will get the job done fast as well as eliminating problems like light areas, roller marks and built up ridges that can be difficult for first time painters.

However, you can’t work with poor-quality equipment or waste your money on throwaway rollers. There’s are some pro set ups that you can buy for less than £20! If you need more control when you are painting, then screw on a 48-inch wood handle to the end of a paint roller or a threaded broom handle.

How to Paint a Wall

Firstly, lay the paint on the wall with a sweeping stroke and start about a foot from the bottom the start rolling upwards at a slight angle using light pressure but make sure you stop a few inches away from the ceiling. To spread the paint, roll up and down towards the corners. Don’t worry about the build-up of paint yet. When you do get to a corner, roll as close as you can to the adjacent wall as you can without touching it.

Next, reload the roller and keep repeating the process working back to the painted area.

Then roll back over the entire area until it is covered, then smooth over the paint to blend it, with this part you don’t have to reload the roller with paint and use very light pressure.

Tips for a Perfect Paint Job

Laying Paint on the Wall – if you’re laying paint on areas that are above below a window or door then use a long horizontal stroke. To smooth it off then use small vertical strokes, this means the texture will match.

Wet Edge – keeping a wet edge is crucial to all paint jobs. To keep a wet edge, you need to plan the sequence of work and then work fast enough that you are always applying paint onto paint that is wet. If you do have a break when painting then you need to start painting when the section has dried, you will probably then see some lap marks where two areas join.

Lay Paint on, then Smooth it Off – one of the biggest mistakes that beginner painters is taking too long to apply the paint. You need to lay on the paint and then quickly spread it out, then keep repeating this process. This only works with a good quality roller that is able to hold a lot of paint.

Avoid Fat Edges and Roller Marks – to avoid fat edges then make sure you don’t submerge the roller in paint, as paint can seep inside the roller cover then leak out when you’re rolling it. try to dip only the nap then spin it against the screen and dip again. If you have a roller of paint, then make sure you don’t start near a corner because then you will a heavy build-up of paint that can’t be spread out. Also, when you are smoothing out the paint don’t press too hard.

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