How to Use a Paint Roller: Roller Painting Techniques

Roller Painting is one of the easiest ways to get a smooth and even coat of paint on the wall. Roller painting is ideal for covering the light area and built-up ridges that first-time painters find difficult to paint. The greater advantage of roller painting is that it takes less amount of time to cover the paint job than brush painting. Though roller painting holds a lot of advantages, it also has its own set of drawbacks.

The most common drawback of roller painting is ‘Roller Strokes’. After application of every coat, the strokes become visible. Application of thick paint using rollers can leave the visible marks of bumps and ridges by roller edges. Even the application of another paint coat over already dried paint coat leave roller marks.

Using greater quality material is the best way to avoid these challenges. A quality roller that has the correct fabric for the paint gives the best paint coverage and surface finish. There are four simplest techniques to follow in order to achieve a smooth finish.

How to Load a Paint Roller

The paint tray should be filled with the right amount of paint. An excessive amount of paint makes loading the roller difficult and the paint may spill in the process. Rolling the roller in enough amount of paint gets the roller fabrics get the equal distribution of paint and squeeze out the excess paint.

How to Paint with Roller 

Measuring the surface area to be painted as well as the roller size is the next step. The approximate ratio of surface area to roller size helps to figure out the number of roller loads. Dividing the area into thirds and using one roller load for each third helps achieve even spread.

How to Merge Paint Colors 

Blending the paint coats after painting back and forth over the same area gives even paint spread. To get the perfect paint coat by backrolling technique the roller should be rolled over the existing coat lightly in long, vertical strokes.

Surface Finish

After painting the entire surface, dry the roller off all paint and then roll it over the surface lightly until the surface is smooth and free of all the inequities. Precaution should be taken while applying the pressure because pressing too hard with the roller might leave ridges of thicker paint.

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