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Old 09-28-2008, 04:49 PM   #1
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Getting rid of roller marks


Hi - I have decided to repaint my living room as when the previous owners painted, they left roller marks on the wall. I was hoping that the new coat of paint (an olive green) was going to be enough to cover up the marks, but they are still quite visible. Any suggestions?

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Depending how high the ridges are, you might try sanding them smooth, using some drywall compound to smooth over them, or if lucky, use flat paint to minimize reflections from any remaining ridges.

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I agree that a decent sanding would help. You may also may want to try priming with a nice, thick, water-base primer if the current topcoat isn't sanding well. I use Sherwin Williams PrepRite Pro Block Latex. It goes on with a pretty high build, so super-minor surface defects get covered up pretty well and it sands easily. (Far easier than a topcoat.)

As a side note, the three biggest causes of roller marks are:

1) Cheap and/or too thin covers. Use nothing less than a 3/8" Purdy White Dove. If it's thinner and/or cheaper, it won't work.
2) Poor quality paint. Use paint at or near the top of the product line from an actual paint store. (NOT BigBoxCo.)
3) "squeezing" paint out of the roller. Just "lay" the roller on the wall, and apply paint in a single 8'-10' stripe. Don't try and stretch the roller load too far, and let the roller do the work, not your amrs.

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Thanks for the suggestions! I will try sanding for sure. Thanks also for the tips of how to avoid roller marks...I definitely use those as I don't want to run into this problem again.
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