Painting the interior or exterior of your home is one of the best ways to give it a facelift. Once you’ve prepared the painting surfaces, and you’ve chosen your paint it’s important that your roller painting techniques don’t leave marks. Knowing how to avoid roller marks will ensure your painting project looks like a professional’s done it.

How to Avoid Roller Marks when Painting Walls

Using a paint roller is an effective way to apply paint but knowing how to avoid roller marks is all about using the right painting techniques.

How to avoid roller marks - Example of a freshly painted feature wall

Step One: When you roll paint onto a wall, it should be done in a sweeping stroke.

Step Two: Start a few centimetres from the bottom of the wall and a couple of centimetres from the corner.

Step Three: Using a slight angle and light pressure, roll up and down back towards the corner to spread the paint.

Step Four: Reload the roller and continue rolling.

Step Five: At this stage you may see roller marks, but don’t worry. Once you’ve painted the entire wall, you’ll back roll over the area to smooth and blend the paint.

Step Six: When back rolling, don’t reload the paint roller and use a very light pressure.

How to Avoid Roller Marks when Painting Ceilings

How to avoid roller marks - Example of roller marks in paint

When painting ceilings with a roller, use Haymes Paint flat sheen ceiling paint. Using paint with a high sheen on your ceiling will show imperfections, including roller marks. To avoid making marks on the ceiling with your roller, reduce the amount of paint you use.

If you notice roller marks appearing, re-roll the areas to smooth them out using very light pressure. Another method to avoid roller marks is to add another coat of paint in the opposite direction for the second coat of paint.

How to Avoid Roller Marks when Painting Furniture

Before you paint furniture with a roller, it’s important to take the time to prepare the piece of furniture. If you want a smooth finish, make sure you smooth out any flaws. If you would like a distressed finish, you can skip sanding it. When applying paint to the furniture, rolling in one direction will ensure the paint is evenly distributed. The paint roller should feel like it’s gliding across the furniture surface with minimal pressure applied.

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