How to Use a Paint Roller on a WallKnowing how to use a paint roller can help you eliminate streaks in your paint finish. Applying paint with a roller can cut painting time by almost half. Using proper roller technique can help you save paint, protect your equipment and improve the look of your finished paint job.
1. Tools for the Job
Painting a wall with a roller is relatively uncomplicated and you'll only need a few tools. All these items are available at your local Bristol Paint Specialist:
Tools: a paint roller cover suitable for the paint you are wanting to apply (ask the experts at Bristol Paints to guide you) and a roller and tray kit, paint suitable for your project, stiring sticks, a pole for reaching those hard to reach areas and drop sheets .
2. Prepare your materials.
Put your roller cover on the paint roller frame. Whilst your local Bristol Paint Specialists will give your new paint a good shake, it may have been sitting for sometime so make sure you stir your paint thoroughly, and pour about 20 mm into the tray at the deeper end.
3. Wet the roller.
Prepping your roller will help the paint to go on easier and will save you paint.
For acrylic paints (Water based), dampen your roller with water from your spray bottle or the tap. For oil-based paints, roll the alkyd-appropriate roller cover in the tray of paint thinner. Scrape off excess moisture with a stick.
4. Roll the roller into the paint in the tray.
Now you are ready to start. Get some paint on your roller by rolling it down the slope of the paint tray to the well where the paint is. Get a good even amount on ll sides of the roller, properly loading the roller cuts down on spatter and drips and improves coverage.
5. Distribute the paint on the roller evenly.
Lift the roller out of well and place it at the top of the rake. Roll it back down the rake but not into the well to get a good even paint coating on the roller but ensuring it is not drowning in or starved of paint.
6. Hold the roller properly to improve your control.
Hold it in your dominant hand. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your roller directly in front of you for control.
If you’re using an extension pole, place your dominant hand toward the bottom for control and your non-dominant hand at the middle position for leverage and pressure.
7. Paint a diagonal upward stroke.
Start rolling the paint onto the wall in creating a "W" pattern. Use a long, slow, upward diagonal stroke to create the "W” pattern. Dont rush as this will just encourage paint splattering.
8. Make a diagonal downward stroke.
In a continuing motion, follow the first upward stroke with a long, slow stroke downward at a diagonal.
9. Continue by finishing the "W" pattern.
In a continuing motion, use another long, slow, upward diagonal stroke and another long, slow downward diagonal stroke to finish the “W” pattern.
10. Cross the "W" with horizontal strokes.
Paint a series of horizontal strokes working from the bottom of the “W” to the top.
11. Smooth out the section.
Smooth the section by making a series of downward strokes from top to bottom.
12. Repeat steps 4-11 to complete the wall.
Repeat the process of loading and painting. Working in small sections, move from dry areas to wet ones, overlapping the wet edge each time.
Keep the roller cover from flying off the handle by positioning the roller so that the open end points in the direction you're painting.
Always use a roller cover with the correct nap length for the job.
Manufacturers put nap length and purpose information right on the package. As a general rule, use a 10mm nap for smooth surfaces and 12 mm nap for rough surfaces.
If you need more help ask the experts at your local Bristol Paint Specialists.