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 paint walls incorrectly, or fail to do the right prep work, 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. I would advise against buying the cheapest paint on the shelf. 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 that will dry evenly on the wall for the best results. If your partial to Behr paint from Home Depot, the Ultra Premium Plus line with the primer in it is good too.
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 new, unpainted drywall. Also, new drywall is usually very dusty from sanding, and it’s important to remove the sanding dust before applying the primer, otherwise the surface will become rough and need to be sanded again.
If you are repainting a painted wall, and the new color is much lighter than the existing color, you will probably need to use a regular wall primer first to ensure coverage, without having to apply multiple coats of paint. You should always use primer if you’re painting red over white. I like to use Sherwin Williams Multi-Purpose latex primer for that purpose. I get the primer tinted to a gray color, which works better than tinting it red.
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 painting eggshell because shiny paint tends to reveal start and stop marks more than flat paints. Painting every wall in a room this way not only looks better, but it’s a lot faster.
4. Roll the Wall Paint From Top to Bottom
I always see people on home improvement shows rolling drywall the wrong way. If you want to finish the job quickly, and professionally, roll the entire wall evenly from top to bottom, in one direction, as explained in the previous tip. 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.
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. This is called boxing the paint. 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.
Those are just five tips for rolling walls that will help you achieve a professional paint job, and save time.