How to Avoid Roller Marks

When I did a wall and cabinet painting project in my apartment, I realized the rollers left lots of mark on the wall, well whats the solution. Painting a wall with rollers is much faster than using brushes, but rollers have their own set of challenges. Each stroke of the roller transfers less paint to the wall than the previous, which can leave traces of visible rollers on the walls when the painting is done. Ridges and bumps of thicker paint from the rollers’ edge can damage the surface, and fresh paint applied on dry paint leaves persistent roller mark. Invest in good quality materials and use the same method or technique professionals use to avoid these pitfalls and achieve a smooth and flawless finish.

Follow a few simple tips and you can have a professional looking paint job each time to ensure sleek paint job, follow these simple steps:

1. Make sure you use the right tools for the job. If you buy the cheapest roller in the store, it is likely that the results will be bad.

2. Ask the sales rep which nap is best for the surface you are painting. A heavier nap will result in too much paint being applied to the wall, while a nap that is too small will result in not enough paint. Size matters.

3. To ensure that an adequate film thickness is applied and also ensure uniform finish, use a quality roller cover.

 4. Due to their higher solids contents and leveling properties, high quality paints tend to roll on more uniformly.

5. Take the masking tape and apply the adhesive side to the nap of the roller to remove loose ferrets.

6. Dampen (not saturate) roller covers used in applying latex paint and shake off excess water.

7. Use a higher quality roller frame, not one with removable end covers that can scratch the walls.

8. Apply with even pressure and do not let paint to accumulate at the ends of the roller. When the paint is being worked onto the roller in the pan, it is a nice idea to run the edges of the roller in the drain part of the pan to remove excess.

9. Start rolling near the ceiling at one end of the wall and work down the wall in sections of 3 or 4 square feet. But do not get so close to the ceiling that you cannot rolled out the paint for a uniform paint finish.

10. Spread the paint in a zigzag pattern, beginning with an upward stroke to minimize splashing.