How to Use a Paint Roller
My name's Ryan Parker of Parker Home Renovations in New Braunfels, Texas and today I'm going to teach you how to use a paint roller. If you need to paint your walls and you've got a lot of area to cover, a paint roller would be a good application for that project. The first thing you need to do is you need to go find you a good paint roller. Now you want to make sure it has a threaded end so you can actually use an extension pole, such as this, for your project. This will allow you to get up to the higher areas of the wall, toward the ceiling and everything like that. Now, the next thing you need to know is you need to know what type of texture is on the wall. Is it smooth or is it rough? If it's a smooth texture you can go with a shorter nap. The nap is the fibers on the roll and you can get these at any hardware store. Now if it is a rough texture, you'll want to go with a longer nap like a three quarter inch nap. It has longer fibers and it'll get in the grooves of the rougher texture easier. You'll also need a roll of three m blue tape, maybe a two inch or three inch roll just to tape off around the windows, the light sockets, the baseboards, anything you don't want to get painted. You'll also need a roller tray such as this, to pour your paint in or you can also use a five gallon bucket or a three gallon bucket like I have here with a screen in it. So what you want to do is you want to get your roller, you want to open up the bag with your roller in it, stick the roller like that and then, you have your paint in the tray, you'll want to rub the roller in the tray and get it off to where it doesn't drip everywhere, and then when you're rolling it on the wall, you'll want to go in a "V" pattern like this. You usually don't want to go straight up and down because sometimes it'll leave, it'll leave streaks. Now it you're painting next to an edge, you want to leave the, the metal end away from the corner so you don't scratch the other wall.