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Published on December 22nd, 2015 | by Grant Barnard


How To Paint A Wall Without Roller Marks & Streaks

Painting interior walls seem easy, right? First you put the paint in the roller pan. Then use the roller to get the paint on the wall, right? NO. It’s more complicated than that. There are some paints that almost make the rolling paint process fool proof. However,  there are ways to get ANY paint to look good and the fool proof paints to look perfect!

Paint Choice Can Make This ALMOST Fool Proof

Certain paints are made to level out in different ways. Using a paint that levels out is going to be much pricier than others, but, they will make rolling the wall almost fool proof. Some of these paints might include: Valspar Reserve or Signature, Pittsburgh Grand Distinction and Sherwin Williams Duration.

Even with a cheaper paint you can still take steps to make the paint finish smoother.

Grants Painting provides interior wall painting in Indianapolis and surrounding areas. Call us at 3178004540 or schedule an estimate online if you are in the Indianapolis Metro Area.

Equipment That Helps Roll A Smoother Paint Film

  • Cageless Roller Frame – High quality cageless roller frames keep the roller from becoming wonky and no longer able to glide across the wall surface. This is an expensive investment if you are only painting one room.
  • Rollers – Something to be mindful of is that depending on your roller and paint you will have different outcomes. Purdy makes a roller called White Dove which does really well with all types of paint. Before you use it you MUST be sure you get the excess lint off by wrapping the roller in painters tape and pulling it off.
  • Roller pole – Roller poles keep you from having to stretch and reach to get the paint where you want it. When you have your roller on a pole you can move faster allowing you to keep a wet edge and better spread of the paint.

Technique Of Smoothly Rolling Paint On The Wall

  1. First thing is simply to cut in the wall and let it DRY COMPLETELY.
  2. Decide which way you will to roll the wall. For a right handed person it makes the most sense to paint the wall RIGHT to LEFT. For this example we will assume that you will do the same.
  3. Place the roller pan in a place that you will not step in it. This always starts a wall painting process off to a poor start.
  4. Load up your roller without dunking the entire roller in the paint and getting the roller side wet with paint. The more even the paint is spread through the roller, the better the roller will spread the paint on the wall.
  5. Start a few inches off the edge of the wall and start spreading the paint evenly over an area that is two roller widths wide.
  6. Finish the first roller width with a final stroke slowly from top to bottom.
  7. Start your next area LEFT of your painted area.
  8. Finish your second to last segment with a downward slow roll.
  9. Continue the process where you spread the paint and then finish with a single downward stroke.
  10. TIP – Keep pressure on the LEFT side of the roller so the right side does not leave a heavy line. A slight amount of pressure will do the trick.
  11. TIP – Keep a wet edge and move as fast as possible. Take a break at the end of the wall as a reward!


About the Author

Grant Barnard started painting in 2000 and started Grants Painting in 2008. Originally doing business in northern Indiana, the business was moved to Indianapolis and Greenwood shortly after. Today the Grants Painting has blossomed into a reputable painting contracting company with an ever growing extensive website including our How To DIY Articles. Grants Painting covers all aspects of coatings and specialized in epoxy flooring, interior painting, exterior painting and cabinet painting.

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