What is the Proper Technique for Painting with a Roller?

Using a paint roller is a seemingly mundane task. However, using a roller to paint a room with proper technique will make a world of a difference to the outcome of your finished product. Paint rollers cover a much greater surface area than the average paint brush, saving yourself tons of time. Here are a few tips to keep in mind the next time you paint with a roller to ensure an even and smooth finish.

Buying the Right Roller

You can only paint as well as the tools and supplies you have on hand. It is important to make sure you have the proper painting materials dependant on your project.

  • A reusable roller frame
  • Buying one made of metal is not only sturdy enough to last your entire project but will be great for future use.
  • Long vs. Short Rollers
  • Rollers come in many shapes and sizes. Long rollers are great for larger surfaces. Short rollers work great for getting in tighter spaces.
  • Paint Tray
  • It is important to purchase a paint tray that is angled at a decline with little bumps to remove excess paint.

Loading the Roller

We have two very important tips when it comes to loading the roller with paint. First, make sure that you remove any stray fibers from the roller prior to dipping it into the paint. Second, after you dip your roller into the paint, be sure to roll over the little bumps several times until the paint is evenly coated on the roller. These tips will help to ensure even coverage and prevent excess dripping in the painting process.

Using the Roller

Now it is time to use your paint roller. When you apply the roller to the unpainted wall, move in an upward, slightly tilted motion. Thoroughly paint your wall in the zig-zag motion, keeping the same motion and stroke as you connect with other previously painted areas. When you have finished painting the walls with the roller, go back with a paintbrush and outline the perimeter of the wall.

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