How to use paint pads

Updated February 21, 2017

Paint pads traditionally are used for the edges of walls, in corners and for tricky jobs, such as window frames. Their advantages are the speed of a paint roller and the precision of a brush. In addition, paint pads don't leave brush marks and create fewer drips. In fact, you might decide to use a combination of paint pads for your entire project.

Choose the right size of paint pad

Pick the size of the paint pad according to the size of the area you intend to cover. Use a 7.5-by 12.5cm (3-by 5-inch) pad for large surfaces and window and door frames, for example. Use a 2.5-by 5cm (1-by 2-inch) pad for narrow areas on windows or railings.

Select the paint pad material for the type of job. Foam pads cover flat areas well. Mohair pads paint tough surfaces such as stucco.

Pour the paint into a tray. The tray is more convenient and neater than painting directly from a can, especially since a pad holds less than a roller. With the tray, you can wipe off any excess before painting.

Paint with long strokes, all in the same direction, to produce a smooth appearance.

Feather the paint to disguise the line between strokes.

Clean washable pads with detergent and water as soon as possible after you have finished.


Some paint pads have holes so that you can insert a long handle to reach tall jobs. Some large paint pads contain wheels that keep the pad away from the edge.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint pads
  • Paint
  • Tray
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