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More interior house painting rolling tips

Here are more helpful paint rolling tips to improve the quality and look of your interior painting job:

Removing roller cover lint

New roller covers may have small pieces of lint that can end up on painted surfaces. Before using a roller cover, take a piece of masking tape and gently contact the surface of the roller cover to remove any loose lint. This tip will help you to avoid have roller cover lint on your painted surfaces.

Storing wet roller covers used in latex paint

Roller covers used in latex paint (water-based) can be stored for a few days while full of paint. First load the roller cover with paint. Then roll the roller cover in plastic wrap or painter’s plastic and seal with tape. Place the wrapped roller cover on one of its ends in an empty metal paint can. Unwrap the plastic and place the cover back on the frame the next time its needed. This tip will save you some clean up time when you will be using the same paint on different days. Avoid this tip for roller covers used in oil-based paints.

Rolling behind radiators

Regular roller frames and roller covers are too big to fit behind most radiators. The tool for rolling behind radiators is a “slim” roller frame and cover. Sold under various names, these roller frames and covers are about six-inches long and one-inch wide, making them ideal for this task.


Avoid heavy roller cover pattern

Roll out any noticeable heavy roller cover pattern. This can be accomplished by lightly rolling over the surface from top-to-bottom after the loaded paint has been deposited onto the surface. Do not re-dip the roller into the rolling pan or five-gallon bucket for more paint when applying these finishing strokes. The finished surface should appear smooth and uniform.

Using a five-gallon bucket and rolling screen

A five-gallon bucket and screen is often used by professional house painting contractors when rolling ceiling and wall surfaces. The five-gallon bucket will usually only be filled with about two gallons of paint. The rest of the room in the bucket is for rolling off the excess paint on the screen after the roller has been dipped.

Using a rolling pan

A rolling pan has a reservoir and a roll-off ramp. The reservoir is designed to hold paint for dipping the roller into. The roll-off ramp is designed to give you a place to roll off excess paint before beginning to paint. Only fill the reservoir with paint. Avoid filling the pan with paint onto the roll-off ramp.


Roll off excess

This tip is very basic but very important. Regardless of whether you are using a rolling pan or a five-gallon bucket and rolling screen, roll-off the excess paint from the roller before applying paint to the wall or ceiling. The roller should not be dripping when you begin to paint.

Paint conditioners

If you are having difficulty applying paint because it is drying too quickly, ask your paint dealer to recommend a paint conditioning product. Paint conditioning products are available for both latex and oil-based paints. When added to paint, they keep the paint “wetter” longer, allowing more time for paint application before drying. The paint dealer will need to know if you are using either a latex or oil-based paint.

Detailed information about interior house painting surface preparation is available in the book:

The Homeowner's Guide to Surface Preparation for Interior House Painting

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