November 17, 2022

How to use a paint roller

Learning to use a paint roller?

Are you looking to DIY your first paint job or preparing to become a painter by trade? Then this guide is perfect for you. You will learn how to effectively use the most iconic and staple tool of any professional painter, a paint roller. In order to achieve this, we will show you the basics for preparing your DIY and the technical skills for rolling a perfectly even layer of paint every time.

Preparing to paint

Before being able to apply technical skills, you must be fully prepared to complete your jobs without flaw. There are 3 steps to this process;

  1. Remove all obstructions, ensure proper floor protection is set up and clean walls prior to painting..
  2. Ensure you have all the equipment you need;
    • Primer (If needed)
    • Paint roller
    • Paint Tray/bucket
    • Paint
    • Brush for cutting
    • Masking tape
  3. Correctly clean tools such as your paint roller to ensure there are no particles that may cause markings or bubbles.
    • To clean your paint roller, use a lint remover and lightly dampen it to improve the smoothness of paint application.

Painting Process

Now the process of using the paint roller has begun:

  1. Complete cutting in edges.
  2. Dip the nap of the paint roller into the paint (do not submerge the roller)
  3. Begin rolling from the lower corner of a wall, remember to leave a few inches distance from the edges.
  4. Roll the paint in diagonal up-down motions, segment the paint job into 3-4 foot parts.
  5. Reload the roller with more paint and move on to the next section.
  6. Ensure that sections are connected by an overlap to avoid uneven paint layers.
  7. Wait for the first coat to dry and if necessary apply a second coat. (Different paints require differing amounts of time in order to dry, e.g. oil paint takes up to 24 hours compared to latex paint taking around 4 hours to dry.
  8. Clean your equipment – Scrape paint off of paint roller, hose it down with water along as well as washing the paint tray and other dirtied equipment.

Video Guide

For a full in-depth visualization of this process, please watch this amazing how-to guide made by Dulux.

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