How to Paint Walls

Proper preparation and procedure are essential for good results

In order to paint walls correctly, the two most important steps you'll address are, solid preparation along withh proper painting procedure. In the following outline, we'll look at fundamental preparation followed by the actual procedure.

In your prep work, the ultimate goal is to have all surfaces clean and dry. When you use a paint roller with which to paint walls, be consistent in your rolling motion as this, and good preparation, will ultimately determine a successful outcome.

Prepare The Surface

  • Make sure to prepare your walls well.

    (This is an important a step as you will find when house painting.)

  • Fill all holes and cracks (with your favorite filler) and sand smooth.

  • Be sure to properly cut in at the ceiling joints.

  • "Clean-up", or fix any irregularities within the wall corners , to fully prepare the wall itself adequately.

    Finished With Prep? ... Now Let's Paint

  • After filling your paint roller pan, get some paint on your roller, and do a few practice rolls, to get a feel for what you're doing.

    This will also get your roller soaking up the necessary amount of paint, which by the way, prevents "dry" rolling.

  • When you feel like you have enough paint on the roller, you're ready to begin painting and roll a wall.

    Start by rolling a strip on the wall, rolling back and forth a few times to gain good coverage.

    Start the strip about three quarters up the wall, roll up to the top, and begin to roll downward.

    One strip is about all you can do with what paint you'll have on your roller to properly paint walls. In fact, you might have to get more paint to finish your strip. It's important to fill your roller with paint often to maintain a consistently covered wall. Otherwise, when the paint dries, you'll see blotchy coverage due to dry rolling.

    - Note - When rolling, press down on the roller only slightly. Let the paint on the roller do the work. If you press down too hard, you'll create paint "ridges", which require you to re-roll the same area to smooth them out.

    Just be careful and try not to get into too much unnecessary rework.

  • For the next strip, slightly overlap the previous strip so as to make a consistent covering.

    Repeat the process (previous step). As you get the hang of this, you"ll notice how seamless your painting will actually be.

    Continue this procedure until the entire wall is covered, and repeat for as many walls as needed.

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