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How to Prepare Your Paint Roller

How to Prepare Your Paint Roller

The secret’s out: the perfect finish is all in the preparation. One of the key aspects of prep when using a new paint roller is getting it primed and ready for use. But how do you do this we hear you ask? Below, we'll walk you through the process of preparing a new paint roller and using it effectively to paint a wall so you can become a roller champion.

Step 1: Defluff

So, you’ve got a new paint roller and the next logical thing to do is unwrap it and dip it straight into your paint. Insert the next tip at this stage and you’ll be ready to roll. You need to prime your roller which involves the removal of loose fibres or debris from the roller itself. Skipping this step means these filaments will shed onto your wall as you paint. You definitely don’t want this. 

To prime your roller, simply take a clean, dry cloth and roll the roller over it a few times in one direction. This will help to remove any loose fibers or debris that may be stuck to the roller. Another great hack is to wrap your roller in painter's or masking tape then remove it. This has a similar effect to a lint roller used on clothes. Once you've primed your roller, you're ready to start painting.

Step 2: Don’t overload your roller

First and foremost, it's important not to overload your roller with too much paint. This can cause the paint to drip or splatter, which can lead to uneven coverage and a messy finish. A classic rookie move.

To avoid overloading your roller, start by dipping it into the paint tray, wetting one side and then roll it back and forth a few times to distribute the paint evenly across the roller. Avoid submerging your roller in the paint.

Step 3: It’s all in the zig-zag

Now it’s time to paint. Start by applying a W shape, or a zig-zag motion, overlapping your strokes to keep a wet edge. This will ensure that you get even coverage and avoid leaving any streaks or lines. Paint in 1m square areas, starting at the top so that any paint drips fall onto the unpainted wall beneath.

Step 4: Lay off

And no, we don’t mean lay off the chips. Once you've applied the paint to the wall, it's important to "lay off" the paint by lightly rolling over it in one direction. This will help to smooth out any rough spots or uneven areas, and give you a smooth, even finish. Typically we recommend you to lay off the paint on the second coat before the paint dries. Work your way from left to right laying off as you go, to achieve the perfect finish.

In conclusion, preparing a new paint roller and using it effectively is an essential part of achieving a perfect paint finish. By following these simple tips and tricks, you'll be well on your way to painting like a pro in no time. And remember, if you ever have any questions or need any advice, the team at Inspirations Paint is always here to help!