Successfully using a paint roller requires a bit of knowledge and preparation.
Here are four simple tips when using the tool for your next paint job.
1. Prep when painting a wall or ceiling
It is worth repeating that, when it comes to painting your room, you should start by protecting your floor. Also use adhesive tape on door frames, windows, and baseboards. Recap any small holes or cracks with coating. Sand any abrasive asperities. Clean your walls with a water/detergent mix.
2. Select an appropriate roller
Although all paint rollers are useful tools, some work better than others, depending on the type of paint.
If you choose gloss paint, prefer a foam roller. Same for alkyd or shiny paints.
For acrylic, vinyl or matte paints, go for long-hair rollers.
For plaster, choose a roller with a honeycomb texture.
If you’re working a ceiling, a no-drip roller is recommended.
3. Follow the light
Start to paint on the parts of the wall exposed to natural light (close to the windows). Dip your roller in the paint. Wring it out thoroughly.
Cross your movements, horizontally and then vertically. Work in areas of 10ft².
Remember to re-coat edges, frames and corners. Smooth our your paint with an empty roller. You’ll remove any excess paint, and your wall will be smooth.
4. Don’t forget the second layer
It may sound silly, but a lot of people overlook the additional layer of paint. One isn’t enough. Allow the paint to dry first. Check the time indicated the packaging.
If you see streaks once it’s dry, lightly sand them. Using a fine brush, iron the edges and corners. You’ll then need to paint your second layer.