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Old 03-27-2009, 11:56 AM   #1
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How far up do I bring my roller? Should I roll horizontally on wet edge?


When I am painting my wall, after I have done the cutting in on top, I find that if I go too far up, I hit the trim that I have (moulding), and if I don't go far up enough, I find that I can see the brush strokes of my cutting in.

Should I roll horizontally just so I can get as close to the edge of the moulding or should I not worry about it?

I find that there is approx. 1 inch where it looks differently than the rest of the wall, by different I mean the texture that the roller leaves vs. the texture that the brush leaves.

Am I just being too picky?

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Always roll up as close to anything that you can including top and bottom, sockets and switches. The cut is just to cover what the roller misses. There will always be a difference in texture between the brush and roller but if you can get as close as you can with the roller and preferably with a wet cut-in, then it will be less noticeable especially when it dries.

One thing you can do is run the roller sideways right along the bottom and top horizontally right before you go with your vertical rolls. Make sure you never go right at an edge with a fully loaded roller as it won't smooth out well.

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Yeah, there is no getting around that 1". I do a light horizontal roll with a mostly unloaded roller to minimize this, but you can only get so close.

What paint are you using? Some paints level better than others, which makes stipple vs, brush less noticable.

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Color seems to have a lot to do with it too in my limited experience. My wife seems to pick colors that just seem to be a pain with the cut line. Can't complain though, if it was left up to me, the house would be "ceiling white" and "off white". Pretty dull.......
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How far up do I bring my roller? Should I roll horizontally on wet edge?


Thanks for all your help. I get close but not as close as I would like.

I am going to brush across and hopefully I will get it as close as possible.

The paint is egg shell finish latex, in a tan yellow colour.
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I have trouble at that ceiling cut line as well. One thing that helps alot, I use the step ladder to get closer, notice when I roll from floor level, I'm more apt to hit the ceiling, or moulding if there. And yes, I go horizontal near the top. Worked with a guy who could roll next to the joint like I've never seen. When I try to get real close is when I run into trouble.

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