Painting your home, or even a whole room can be very time consuming if you do not have the proper tools. The most common applications used are brushes and rollers. In previous blogs we have spoken about using brushes. The second most used method of paint application, rolling, is useful when painting your house.
Using a roller will help you to fill in the large spaces more efficiently and effectively
Saves you time. You can roll 5-10x faster than using a paint brush.
Allows for a more consistent finish than using a paintbrush.
Rollers allow you to concentrate on larger areas without worrying about brush strokes, streaking, and dripping paint.
Rollers also can save you having to do more coats of paint, again saving you time and money.
Buying high quality equipment may have a larger upfront cost, but the result produced from high end tools is worth the few extra dollars to most home owners. Buying each tool individually instead of purchasing an all-in-one kit usually means the tools should:
provide a better finish
prevent damage to your home
last longer so you don’t have to buy new ones every time you start a new project
You do not need to buy every painting tool imaginable if you do not plan to do a lot of house painting in the future. Regardless of how much you plan to paint, you will need to invest in the following items:
A high quality roller pin- check out your local hardware store for help picking out a roller pin.
An extension pole will help you reach the ceilings and uppermost part of the walls that you might not be able to reach with a regular pole. Be sure that the extender is tightened properly before painting so that slipping does not occur, leading to messy paint splatters.
A good roller cover (otherwise known as a roller sleeve) is crucial for painting walls and large spaces.
It is possible to buy less expensive, disposable covers for your roller however, high quality rollers hold paint more effectively. These covers are slightly more expensive than the disposable ones but are more absorbent leading to less streaking. They are reusable leading to savings over time. Rollers come in several sizes:
1/2 in nap for flat paint on walls and ceilings
3/4 inch nap for rough surfaces (popcorn ceiling/stucco)
1/4 inch nap for satin/semi gloss paint
For larger areas it is common to use a paint tray. Some painting contractors prefer to use 5 gallon buckets with about ⅓ of a can of paint in along with a paint screen. Paint screens are useful tools that allow you to get just the right amount of paint on your roller, and prevent accidental messes. Whenever you need to leave your roller for a few hours or a lunch break, simply cover the paint bucket with a plastic garbage bag and your paint should not dry out.
Before you start painting with a roller, be sure that you remember the “cutting in” step. “Cutting in” allows you to get the hard to reach areas like corners, trim and baseboards that you will not be able to paint with a roller. Click here to read our handy step-by-step article on “cutting in.”
Hint: Painting with a roller is not difficult, but can be messy. Remember to keep your strokes smooth and confident throughout the whole process.
Start from one end of the wall then move to the other side, line by line. Start by placing your roller about one foot from the top and 6 inches from where you “cut in” earlier.
With long smooth strokes, begin to lay the paint on the wall. Roll down and up to fill the unpainted wall with paint.
Don’t push too hard or you will leave paint lines and streaks on the wall. Applying too much or too little paint will a have less than desired result.
Using the “W” painting technique, roll back over the already painted areas to create a perfectly blended wall. Roll as close to corners and trim as possible without touching areas that you do not want to paint. You should be able to paint within an inch of the trim, baseboards and corners.
Repeat the steps until all of the walls are painted with a smooth, even tone.
Try not to take breaks while in the middle of a wall.
It is best if you only start “cutting in” and painting a wall when you know that you have time to finish it. If the paint dries before you have completed the required steps, there will be visible lines where the paint dried and where you started painting again.
Be sure that you work quickly as you need to keep a “wet edge” that will allow you to blend your strokes.
The wet paint here makes the blending from one stroke the next seamless, so there will be no paint ridges, flashing or other visible evidence of using a roller or paintbrush.
The ideal method for quickly and effectively painting your home yourself is to use a combination of roller painting and cutting in like professional painters in Toronto do. This method typically provides the cleanest, most professional look with the least amount of time. While home painting is still a time consuming job, having the proper tools and knowledge will make a huge impact on the time and energy required to make your home look exactly how you want it. If you determine that the job is too big for you to tackle on your own, we are experts at interior home painting.
To make sure your home is painted properly with the least mess, let our experience do the heavy lifting. Please call us NOW at 416.494.9095, or email us at Brian@HomePaintersToronto.com to get a free quote for your interior house painting project today!