How to Paint Interiors: Paint a Wall [10/12]

How to Paint Interiors: Paint a Wall [10/12]


To paint a wall with a roller, start at
the top corner of the project area, where you have cut-in a 3-4 inch
wide area around the perimeter with a brush. Remember to smooth out the cut-in area
by lightly brushing the tip of the bristles over the newly painted area, to create a
feathered edge. Place a loaded roller approximately
three to four inches away from the area you just cut-in. Working in a three by
three area; roll a W onto the wall, this will
help place an even distribution of paint onto the wall.
The W, should not be any wider than one arm
length, which is typically 24 to 32 inches. Continue rolling from the top edge of the surface to the bottom. Using the W technique, repeat until the
wall is completely covered. If you need to stop or break during your
paint job, stop at a natural break in the wall, such as the corner of your room or at a
window edge. Do not apply excessive pressure to a surface to try to squeeze
more paint out, this can result in hard roller lines,
drips or sags. Instead, reload the roller as described
previously; let the tools do the work, apply only
enough pressure on the surface as necessary to deliver paint. As your project progresses, boxing or
mixing your paint avoids slight color differences from can
to can. When you’re nearing the end of one container of paint, find a natural break in your project,
such as a corner or the end of a section of trim. Open
a second container and mix it into the paint from the first container. Stir well; this
will ensure that minute color differences due to tinting will not be detectable in your finished
project. Accidents sometimes happen, clean spills and drips using a damp cloth
and a little soap while the paint is still wet. If you have
a drip on a painted surface that’s still wet, you can feather it out using your brush
or gently roll over the drip with your roller. If drips are dried; you
may have to scrape the drip off and touch up the spot with fresh paint.
Do not pull the drip, instead, scrape and sand the area. Avoid leaving hard lines for touch ups
by feathering out the wet edges with a brush.

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