We all know that the right equipment is essential for a good paint job. While tools are very important, the technique is equally important to achieve the best finish. Using a wrong technique or lack of knowledge on how an equipment should be operated can lead to bad results. When it comes to painting, the following paint roller tips will help you make a remarkable difference to the surface finish
- Buy a good quality roller that has a good roller pin and long handle to help you paint with ease. Having a good roller will solve most the ‘marking’ related problems that appear when you apply paint on a smooth wall.
- Divide your paint area into the edges and the mid sections. Use a brush to apply paint at the edges and corners. Once this is done you are setup to cover the major portion of the wall with your roller
- Leave a six inch gap from the edges and start the roller strokes. The strokes should go up and down in the form of a ‘W’. Spread the paint quickly in this motion. At this point of time don’t be too worried about the quality of the finish - it will look raw. This is your first coat with newly loaded paint.
- Without taking a fresh dip of paint, re-work the area with a wet edge. A wet edge is important as it will ensure that there are no visible marks between two paint strokes. Don’t wait for long or pause in between two strokes as this will allow the painting edge to dry. So here’s the golden tip again – ‘Paint on wet edges’
- Now for the finishing touch smooth out the paint strokes at the joining area (the edge of the wall and the roller application) with a horizontal stroke. The horizontal stroke will make sure that the patch up in this joining area is smooth. Also keep in mind that you need to do this without a paint reload which would mean that your roller is relatively dry when compared to a freshly loaded one.
- Use a roller scraper to remove extra paint that might be sticking on the surface. Wash you roller with a mild detergent and keep it clean. You next paint job will be a lot easier as you will be have a soft roller ready to soak in paint.