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Old 09-15-2007, 08:49 PM   #1
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Roller Marks - Please Help


Hello - I'm in the process of painting the interior of a new construction property with an eggshell flat paint. The walls have already been painted by the developer with a flat white. I just finished my first wall and I have a lot of roller marks showing. Can someone please tell me the appropriate size nap I should be using and please explain why the roller marks are appearing. I read somewhere that I should try adding some water to my paint, will this solve my problem?

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The biggest causes of roller marks are
1) poor quality paint
2) poor quality roller sleeves
3) poor technique

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1) Use a premium paint from Ben Moore, Sherwin Williams, Pittsburgh, or California (they all make cheapo stuff too, get the good stuff)
2) Use at minimum Purdy White Dove sleeves, and I'd recommend a quality 50/50 woll/poly or 100% wool from Wooster or Purdy
3) Apply the paint, lay it on...don't squeeze it out
The biggest technique mistake is people thinking they have to squeeze every last drop out of the sleeve...not so
Apply-Don't Squeeze
3a) Maintain a wet edge...don't let the edges of what you've rolled dry out before hitting them with the roller when doing the next section over

As for nap, it's not really a factor in roller marks
I'd recommend 1/2"...or if that's too much then a min. of 3/8"
But really try 1/2" if you can, it'll go much faster and you'll have more "wet" time before seeing those marks

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I read somewhere that I should try adding some water to my paint, will this solve my problem?
Oh no...not at all...that's horrible...wherever you read that, stop reading from there
That's really a bad "tip"

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Thank you for the info. I painted today and I did not squeeze all the paint from the the roller and it worked, no roller marks! Thanks again for your help....

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Sweet, glad it worked, thanks for the update!
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