Does anyone like to paint? Good question and I suspect the
answer to be at least 95+ % no, and a resounding no at
that! The least we can do for ourselves is to understand
the tools we use and to utilize the ones that reduce our
workload. If you have a room that has been waiting quite
some time to be painted, I suspect it is high time to find
out about “rollers.”
Rollers are best used for large flat surfaces: it is the
best for ease of use and speed, and will give uniform
coverage. This roller device was in the beginning designed
particularly for inside walls, but has since been adapted
for many other uses. An extension pole allows the height
needed to paint ceilings without having to lug a ladder
all about the room. Floors can be painted with out
breaking your back!
The traditional roller frame has a spring type mechanism
called a cage to hold the pile cover, or sleeve that
applies paint. The cage should hold the sleeve securely
yet allow the removing of the sleeve off and on with ease.
The sleeve has nylon bearings and should spin easily. You
can also choose a splatter free shield, which helps avoid
those “plops” of paint right in the eye. A “yoke’ frame is
also available this type is said to spread the paint in a
more even manner. The roller frames come in many sizes,
from a v shaped doughnut for inside corners to short
rollers for trim.
The best covers or sleeves have fluffy lint free pile that
is tough water-resistant center. Avoid the cheaper
sleeves, they tend to mat and hold less paint. If you want
a smooth finish, choose the short nap or pile of no more
than ¼ in. or less. The general-purpose naps are ¾ in.
This size is good for concrete floors, getting into cracks
and crevices. A pile of ½ in. works well on rough stucco.
Sleeves come in different fibers. Oil base paint works
well using lambs wool. Water-resistant paints will need
the fiber of Dyne. Polyester or acetate can be used with
either. Mohair covers give a smooth texture-less finish
and can be used with varnish and enamels.
Loading a roller
Place the roller into the deep end of the roller tray,
Rotate the roller back and forth over the ribbed end of
Make sure the roller is well saturated with paint but not
Distribute the paint evenly.
Professional painters work the paint-saturated roller up
and down on a grid place in a 5-gal bucket. These metal
grids can also be used in paint trays.
Now is the time, to grit your teeth, smile, and go to
work. You are now armed with knowledge and a strong
Painting tips & tricks of
Drying paint and the temperature
Paint in a ventilated and temperate space. When temperatures
are between 10C and 32C there's no risk, although 15c to 22C
is ideal. Latex paint will dry in a few hours at this
temperature. Oil-based paints will dry more rapidly in a
warm, dry environment.
Paint without removing fixtures
To avoid having to remove fixtures before painting,
particularly when the pieces are difficult to get off,
nothing works like Vaseline petroleum jelly. Just spread it
on the surfaces to be protected before starting to paint and
when finished, clean the fixtures with a paper towel or a