Interior Painting For Residential – Techniques For Using a Roller

You have decided to polyurea your room a new and exciting color. Your color choice and type of paint has been made and you have decided to do the job yourself instead of calling in a professional. Interior painting for residential homes can be done to look like a professional did the job if you do the basic steps for painting your room. After you have prepared your room and primed any difficult areas, and the molding is painted it is time to begin painting your ceiling and walls.

Using a roller makes the paint application to your walls and ceiling more even and professional in appearance. The job will also go faster but the paint roller needs to be used properly. First you will need to tape your border edges and molding and the do the cutting in process leaving about 3 inches. The ceiling should be rolled first and then the walls.

The best paint rollers are the ones that are not too heavy but still not too light in weight. When choosing your paint roller it is a good idea to hold it to see how it will feel in your hand. The paint in the roller will make it heavier of course. If you are using a primer, the paint roller will work well for this coat. Add a second coat of primer if it looks necessary and remember to let the paint dry completely in between applications of paint.

Before applying a topcoat of paint, the paint should be stirred well with a paint stick even though it was stirred at the store when you purchased the paint. Stirred paint goes on smoother. Pour some paint into the paint tray which is best if made of metal or a hard plastic. The really cheap, disposable trays are just too flimsy.

Take a clean roller brush and slide it on the handle of the roller. Sometimes it is hard to push it all the way onto the holder so tapping the end will move it all the way onto the roller handle. The paint will not load evenly if the brush is not all the way onto the handle. After the ceiling is rolled, do the cutting in for the walls and do one wall at a time. This way if you are working alone you can do the rolling of the wall while the rows that you cut in with the paint are still wet.

Dip your roller into the puddle of paint in the paint tray and the roll off the excess on the slanted part of the roller tray. Start the walls in one corner and with the roller paint the letter W. Work the paint from the W to the top of the wall and then work the paint at the bottom of the W to the bottom of the wall. If you would rather paint vertical lines from top to bottom be sure to overlap the rows of paint to blend the paint as you go along. If the rolled paint becomes spotty looking or is difficult to handle it means you need to get more paint on the roller. If the roller starts to get too heavy from built-up paint you can use the painter’s 5-n-1 tool to scrape the excess paint back in to the paint tray.

This article was written by Rick Hayden who works for two great Durham Region companies whose goal is to make Durham Region Ontario a Better place to live:

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