Interior House Painting Roller Techniques And How To

With the right techniques and know how you too can get a professional looking paint job on your next project.

When using a roller to paint interior walls it is very important that the proper techniques are used in order to get a smooth and beautiful finish. One of the most important steps in your interior paint job is picking the roller. Three things will determine the type of roller you buy: the material it is made from, the nap, (thickness of the roller material), and the size, or length. Wool rollers are best, and while they may cost a few more dollars, are worth the expense. Rollers are made with different size naps (from 3/8 inch to 1 1/4 inch) and you should choose the nap of your roller by what type of wall you will be painting. If the wall has more texture to it you will use a thicker nap, where as a very flat smooth wall will require a very thin nap roller. The thicker the nap, the more paint the roller holds and will put on your wall. Although there are a variety of sizes of rollers, a twelve inch roller is the best for interior painting.

When getting ready to paint your wall, you will need to get the roller wet with paint. The best way to do this is to use a five-gallon bucket and a metal paint grid versus a plastic tray. Plastic paint trays tend to be rather messy, and often make you use more paint then necessary. You should use a grid that sits inside the bucket, and is hooked to the side. Roll your roller along the grid letting it just touch the paint until all of it is wet. You will then roll off the excess paint on the grid. The first few times you use the roller you will want to cover a section that is two feet by four feet. After the first few times of dipping your roller in the paint, you should have coated the roller well enough to begin painting a four feet by four feet areas after each dip in the paint. The roller should be full of paint, but not so much that it is dripping.

Rolling the paint on the wall can not be done in a hodge-podge fashion, moving the roller in whatever direction you desire. Your roller should move almost in the shape of a W, making sure to apply even pressure as it moves. Starting at the left upper corner of your "W" you will roll straight down and then back up and to the right at a slight angle, making sure that the edge of your roller always lines up with and touches the edge of your last corner. Repeat the process again, painting straight up. This will ensure that the entire 4'x4' section gets completely covered. Depending on the size of your reach, you may want to use an extension pole on your roller handle, which will give you more leverage for applying pressure to the roller.

After finishing each 2'x4' or 4'x4' section you will take your roller, and applying light pressure, move the roller straight up and down over the area. As you move the roller down towards the bottom of your painted area, ease up on the pressure to feather the paint. This technique will eliminate any lines you have on the wall, and blend the paint more evenly. When you have finished painting your whole wall, take a step back to make sure that no spots have been missed and that there are no areas where the previous wall color shows through. If this happens, a second coat of paint may be in order. You will use the same roller techniques for this second coat, making sure that the previous coat has fully dried before adding any more paint.

With these simple roller techniques and a little work on your part, you can have your interior paint project done quickly and efficiently.

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