How to Paint A Wall With A Roller Without Leaving Roller Marks

Painting walls isn’t hard, but like anything else, there’s a wrong way and a right way to do it. If you do a lousy job preparing and painting the wall you will end up with a lousy finish after the paint dries.

The following tips will ensure a beautiful paint finish on your walls:

1. Buy Quality Interior Paint

The brand of paint you choose for your walls does make a difference in the outcome of your paint job. Don’t buy cheap house paint. Cheap house paints are more likely to leave marks on the wall from the roller after the paint dries.

I recommend going with a quality interior paint from Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore. I use Sherwin Williams SuperPaint, Duration Home, Cashmere and ProMar 200 Zero VOC paint. Benjamin Moore Ben and Aura are also great products. I’m not a fan of Behr paint.

2. Apply Drywall Primer

If you are painting brand new drywall, apply a drywall primer sealer first, followed by latex paint. Sherwin Williams has a good product called Drywall Primer, but another primer is fine as long as it’s meant for priming brand new drywall.

If you are repainting a wall, and the new color is much lighter than the existing color, you might need to use a regular wall primer first to ensure good coverage. You should always use primer if you’re painting certain colors like red over white. Grey tinted primer works great for that.

3. Roll the Wall Paint In One Direction 

Rolling a wall is simple when done correctly. Buy a telescoping painting pole from the paint store. A painting pole saves time and makes the job easier on your back. To achieve a uniform paint finish, roll from one corner of the wall towards the other, in one direction only. By rolling the wall in one direction, the paint finish will dry evenly, and the end result will look a lot better. This technique is important when using shiny paints like eggshell and semi-gloss because these paints are reflective and show roller marks a lot more than flat.

4. Roll the Wall Paint From Top to Bottom

If you want to finish the job quickly, roll the entire wall evenly from top to bottom, in one direction, as explained earlier. Don’t roll the middle of the wall first, then the top, and then the bottom last. Cut-in the whole room first, before rolling. Start in the corner, and roll from top to bottom, all the way to the other corner. Use a 9-inch roller, painting pole and a 5 gallon bucket or tray.

5. Box the Paint

If you have more than one paint can for the color you’re painting in the room, dump each can into a 5 gallon bucket and stir well. Sometimes the paint color in one can is slightly different than one of the other cans, even though it’s the same color. The tiny difference in color can lead to a major problem if you don’t mix all the paint cans together in the beginning. If you pour in the second can after you’ve already finished cutting and rolling the first coat, you will probably end up with a noticeable color difference in the corners after rolling the second coat. The color difference in the corners will show up a lot more with darker paint like green or blue.

Category: Painting Techniques for Walls

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