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Old 02-13-2009, 04:40 PM   #1
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Do I need to apply pressure when painting with a roller?


Should I? Or should I just let the roller, roll?

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Do I need to apply pressure when painting with a roller?


I sometimes apply pressure when rolling, when trying to fill in slight void. I can't see that it would hurt anything, except your wrist will get tired. And of course if you had a long nap roller, paint will squish out some. As far as do you need to, no, you can just roll away, that's roll, not glide.

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Paint is cheap, your labor is expensive... let the roller and the paint do the work.
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Using moderate pressure will help with textured walls and use slightly less paint, but if making a color change, I would opt for less pressure and a slightly heavier coat. A good paint should not require a heavy coat/multiple coats and having the right roller for the job helps.
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Do I need to apply pressure when painting with a roller?


Thanks for all the advice.

I have tried applying some pressure and fine that I get line marks on the sides of the roller.

So I think I will go with letting the roller do its job.
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You have learned the hard way about roller marks. "Squeezing" the paint out of the roller produces exactly what you ran into: edge marks on the wall.

Quality paint is designed to "flow" onto the wall (I think those are called rheology modifiers.) The rollers are designed to keep an even amount of paint on the surface of the roller, evenly drawing the paint from the roller's inner nap.

If you tried to paint with water, or simply used a sponge, you would quickly learn how much effort on the part of paint companies goes into the even application of paint.

The tricky part comes when you roll a ceiling... you have to apply some pressure because of that pesky gravity, but not too much that you leave marks. This is why specialty ceiling paints are flatter than ordinary "flat" paint; this helps to disguise roller marks. In addition, for especially tall ceilings, even smooth ones, it is common to use a 1/2" or larger nap to help hide defects in the finish.

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Thanks sirwired for your help.

I am now just letting the roller roll. I am starting to get the hang of it. I am just priming right now, I have not started the actual painting.

My ceiling has a texture on it, and when I painted it, I used a roller that was for texturing and I really had to press hard in order to get into the crevices that my texture has.

I am using a 3/8" nap roller.
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If you have popcorn texture on your ceiling, use a 3/4" or 1" nap roller, depending on how coarse the popcorn is.

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Actually, my ceiling was done by hand and I had to come up with a really heavy duty texture, as I had to cut the pieces of drywall in order to get them up, so there were A LOT of seams, and I could not possibly get them all straight.

So what I did was sort of my version of spanish knife, only heavier.
So when I painted it, the only roller that would cover was a very thick foam roller, that was cut every 1/4 inch or so.

This allowed the paint to get inbetween in order to cover my ceiling. It worked really well, I was able to get it covered with minor little spots where I had to go over it with a brush.

Thanks for your help sirwired.

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