How to Paint With a Roller


– Which roller to choose to paint well?
– Step 1: Mix the paint
– Step 2: Pour the paint into a paint tray
– Step 3: Load the paint roller
– Step 4: Wring out the roll
– Step 5: Apply paint with a roller
– Step 6: Cross the roller passages
– Step 7: Smooth the paint
– Step 8: Clean the equipment

Roller painting makes the installation easier and allows you to work quickly. It is, however, necessary to respect certain rules in order to obtain an aesthetic result, without traces of roller passage, and durable.
Before painting with a roller, prepare the surface you are going to paint: make sure it is smooth, clean, and solid.

– If you are painting a wall with a roller, prepare it. Preparing a wall differs depending on whether you are painting a plaster wall, painting a cement wall, painting a wall covered with glass cloth or wallpaper.
– To paint a ceiling with a roller, fill any holes and cracks and clean it.
– To paint wood or plastic, sand and clean the surface so that it is smooth.

Note: When painting a surface, whether it is the floor, walls, or ceiling, remember to protect the spaces and/or furniture you are not planning to paint.

Which roller should I choose to paint well?

A roller consists of a sleeve, a handle and a handle. Rollers come in different sizes:

– Rollers with a telescopic handle are handy for painting a ceiling, or a high surface, from the floor.
– The small rollers are suitable for painting objects or small surfaces. When equipped with a long handle, they allow you to reach places that are difficult to paint.
– Some rollers are designed to paint the corners of walls and ceilings.
The choice of the roller depends on the type of paint you use (acrylic, vinyl, glycerol, etc.) and the gloss you want to achieve.
– If you use water-based paint (acrylic, vinyl, alkyd), choose a synthetic fibre roller.
– If you use oil paint (glycerol, epoxy, polyurethane), choose a natural fibre roller.
– On a smooth surface:
◦ choose a short (8 mm) or medium (11/14 mm) nap roller if you cover the surface with matt or satin paint,
◦ choose a roller with short bristles (5 mm) if you cover the surface with glossy paint.
– If you are covering a rough surface (e.g. plaster), choose a long pile roller.

Materials needed for painting with a roller:

1. Paint tray
2. Tarpaulin
3. Mixing whisk
4. Wringing grid
5. Roll

1. Mix the paint

Before painting with a roller, start by preparing the paint: paint is composed of several products, including pigments.
Mix the paint to distribute the colour so that it is homogeneous. You can mix the paint manually, either with a stick or a hand mixer or with a drill equipped with a mixing whisk.

Mix the paint by hand

To mix the paint manually:
– Place the wooden stick or mixer in the centre of the paint pot.
– Mix the paint evenly, from the centre outwards, from the bottom of the can upwards, from right to left and vice versa.
– Do not whip the mixture to prevent air bubbles from forming.
– The resulting mixture must be homogeneous.

Mix the paint with an electric mixer

If you mix the paint with a drill equipped with a mixing whisk :
– Place the whisk in the centre of the can, turn on the drill at a slow speed. Do not activate the percussion function of your drill!
– Slowly move the drill towards the edges and the bottom of the jar. Do not raise the mixing whisk close to the surface to avoid splashing.
– Mix until a uniform colour is obtained.

2. Pour the paint into a paint tray

The width of the paint tray you use must be wider than the roller so that it can be easily dipped in paint.
When the paint is ready, pour it into a paint “truck”: this is a tray into which the paint is poured so that the roller can be dipped. Some paint bins have a built-in wringer grid. If your paint bin does not have a built-in grid, place a wringer grid.

Fill the paint tray about one-third full

Tip: Remember to protect the surfaces you are not painting by installing protective tarpaulins or newspapers.

3. Load the paint roller

Start by preparing the roll:

– Scrub the roll with your hand, you can also pass it over a dry cloth, to remove dust and hair that won’t stick to it.
– If the hairs at the ends of the sleeve protrude, cut them off with scissors. This will prevent paint from accumulating on the edges of the sleeve and the roller from leaving marks on the surface to be painted.
Dip the roller sleeve into the paint truck (paint tray) to load it with paint :
– Do not dip the roller entirely into the paint: if the sleeve is too heavily loaded, the paint may run onto the walls.
– Dip only half of the roller sleeve into the paint.

4. Wring out the roller

Once you have dipped the roller in the paint, wring it out. This is important because it removes excess paint.
– Place a wringing grid in the paint truck.
– Slowly roll the roller back and forth over the grid to wring it out.
– Press lightly if necessary to remove excess paint: the aim is to impregnate the roller sufficiently to be able to cover the walls without the paint dripping.

5. Applying paint with a roller

When the roller is loaded and wrung out, apply the paint to the surface to be painted.
To paint a large area with a roller, proceed zone by zone, covering the surface by 50 cm squares.

Apply the paint in vertical strips:

– Press the roller to squeeze the sleeve a little on the surface to be painted. Do not press too hard, you risk leaving roller marks.
– Move the roller up and down and up and down to spread the paint without peeling it off the surface. “Stretch” the paint to spread it evenly.
– Overlap the strips of the paint slightly to avoid streaks.
– Avoid loading the roller unnecessarily or too often, load the roller only when it is no longer depositing paint.

Tip: Follow the direction of the light when painting a wall or ceiling. This way, the roller tracks will not be visible in the light once the paint has dried. For example, start painting from the window to the door.

6. Cross the roller paths

Cross the roller passes over the surface to be painted to obtain a uniform result, without streaks or demarcations.
– Roll the roller in horizontal strips to cross the passages.
– Take care to cover the entire surface, do not leave unpainted areas.

7. Smoothing the paint

Smooth the paint with a roller to even out the surface.
– Do not load the paint roller, pass it up and down the wall without pressing.
– Once the surface is smoothed, paint the next area, making sure to overlap slightly with the first painted area.
– Once you have painted the entire surface, allow it to dry for the time indicated on the packaging.
– If necessary, apply a second coat using the same procedure as with the roller painting.

Tip: To keep the rolls between two coats of paint without washing them and without them drying out, wrap them tightly with cling film or wrap several sheets of newspaper around them.

8. Clean the equipment

When you have finished painting, clean the painting equipment.
It is important to clean the painting equipment before the paint dries so that you can reuse it.

Important: do not throw the paint residues in the trash, they contain products that are harmful to the environment. Put them back in the paint can that you will deposit at the waste disposal site.

So, that’s it. Now you know how to paint like a pro with a roller. However, if the above seems too time-consuming and too messy for you to undertake such a task, you can get in touch with LK Painting Service. They are a painting company that can handle all your residential or commercial painting projects.

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