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Using Your Paint Roller

  • Paint surfaces in small sections working from dry surfaces back into wet paint to avoid roller marks.

  • If you notice roller marks or lines of beaded paint beginning to form on your paint job, feather the edges immediately. Also, try easing up on the pressure you’re applying to the roller.

  • If your paint job will take more than one day) cover the roller tightly with plastic wrap overnight to prevent the paint from drying out. Be sure to run the roller over a piece of scrap material before you begin painting again the next day.

  1. Load your roller by dipping it into the paint tray, then rolling it back and forth on the textured ramp (see top photo). The cover should be soaked but not dripping.

  2. With the loaded roller settled comfortably in your hand, roll paint onto the surface in smooth, crisscrossing strokes. When working on walls, roll upward on your first stroke to avoid spilling paint (see middle photo).

  3. Distribute the paint across the surface using horizontal back-and-forth strokes.

  4. Smooth the painted area by lightly drawing the roller down the surface, from top to bottom. Lift the roller at the bottom of each stroke, and then return to the top.

Painting Walls

  1. Using a narrow brush, cut in a 2” (5 cm) strip of paint where the walls meet woodwork and ceiling. Begin in the upper right-hand corner if you are right-handed, upper left if you are left-handed.

  2. Using your roller, paint one small wall section at a time. Work on the wall sections while your edges are still wet. When painting near the cut-in edge, slide the roller cover slightly off the roller. This helps to cover the cut-in edge as much as possible (brushed paint dries differently than rolled-on paint). Continue painting adjacent wall sections, cutting in with a brush and then rolling wall areas (see lower photo). Work from top to bottom. All finish strokes should be rolled toward the door.

Wall Painting Basics

The success of your painting project depends greatly on the care that goes into selecting the paints and tools and preparing the walls. These are a crucial parts of the process that will reward you with professional results.


The Right Painting Tools

For most home improvement projects, choosing the right tools for the job is half the battle. Fainting is no different. So before you grab the first brush or roller cover you spot on the store shelf, bone up on some basics. Because of the abundance of quality, specialized painting products on the market today, you’ll have no trouble finding the right tools for your job. With this information, you’ll know how to make the best choices.


Painting ideas


Choosing a Paint Style

Wall Painting Basics

The Right Painting Tools

Preparing the Surface For Painting

Fixing Popped Drywall Nail

Preparing the Room For Painting

Repairing Cracks In Plaster

How to Paint









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