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How to Fix Paint Roller Problems

Updated February 21, 2017

Professional painters make painting with paint rollers look effortless. In fact, painting with rollers is fairly easy, once you get the hang of it. Rollers enable the unskilled painter to accomplish a large painting task faster and more efficiently than the traditional-- slower and more difficult to master-- brush method. Not only do paint rollers speed up the process but they tend, when used correctly, to produce an overall smoother effect, a boon to novice painters. Paint rolling can also save you time and money.

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  1. Using scissors, trim the side ends of the paint roller, creating a tapered edge. Otherwise paint may gather and leave marks on your walls.

  2. Trim the ends with sharp scissors if the ends become crusty. The ends should have a clean line and a fresh taper before each use without any crusty edging to clot your paint.

  3. Scuff up the surface of the paint-roller frame with a metal file, suggests Mrs. Fix It on Bay News 9 online. If your roller slides off the frame, roughing it up will help the inside of the roller cover adhere better to the frame, making it easier to work with.

  4. Apply a thin brush-coat of paint while using a small nap roller, (instead of a long roller) to avoid hatbanding. Hatbanding occurs when excessively long rollers are overused on interior walls, around corners and near ceilings. It can also occur when wet paint is applied over dry paint, says Paint-Worx online.

  5. Roll the roller in a straight line from an unpainted area to a painted area. Never roll the roller to the point that it runs out of paint. The roller performs better saturated and won't produce roller tracks on the walls. Rolling until the paint roller is empty causes air-entrapment when the roller is rerolled. Air-entrapment within the roller causes bubbling within the paint.

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Things You'll Need

  • Lambskin roller
  • Sharp scissors
  • Metal file
  • Paint brush

About the Author

As a former elementary school teacher, Cheryl Starr now writes full-time from Missouri. Her work has appeared in various magazines, including "Teachers of Vision," "Insight" and "Highlights." She is currently writing a novel and a devotional book. Starr studied elementary education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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