Smooshing Paint

Simple paint techniques can add such character to a dull flat paint job. Smooshing will give you kind of a marble like finish and it is so easy to do.

1. Gather up some lightweight plastic drop cloths, latex satin paint, glaze, a paint pan, a roller and some rubber gloves.

2. Paint a latex satin base coat on your walls and allow it to dry overnight

3. Working one wall at a time, roll your glaze onto the wall. You need to do the technique when the glaze is still wet so if you have a big wall I would ask a buddy for help.

4. Unfold a drop cloth and hold it up to the wall, let it stick to the wet glaze. Repeat this process until the wall is covered with plastic sheets.

5. Use your hands to move the plastic around, smoosh it, wrinkle it, then smooth it out.

How Do I Choose a Paintbrush or Roller

How Do I Choose a Paintbrush?

Choosing a paintbrush all depends on what you are using it for. Always buy quality brushes. When you skimp, the brush tends to fall apart, and you will end up having to pull loose bristles out of your paint job, leaving you with a less-than-perfect look. For water-based paints, you can choose all-purpose brushes. For oil-based paint, choose brushes made with animal hair, such as ox or hog. Most brushes will be marked for their best application. Look at the packages before you buy.
Its best to keep a range of clean brushes on hand, including 2 ½-, 3-, and 4-inch flat brushes as well as tapered sash brushes. Here is a detailed list of paintbrushes and their uses:

Walls For walls (cutting around the sections you will roll), choose a 3-inch to 5-inch paintbrush with straight edges. These can be called wall brushes or professional paint brushes, and are designed to carry lots of paint and distribute it widely.

Wood For most woodworking projects chooses a two-inch paintbrush with straight edges. These are typically called trim brushes.

Corners and windows when you need to get into tight places, such as corners and windowsills, it is best to choose an angled or tapered paintbrush. Also called sash brushes, these are from 1 to 2 inches wide.

How Do I Choose a Roller?

Invest money in a good, high-quality paint roller base. You can use it for years to come, and even the best ones are fairly inexpensive.
The standard roller is nine inches wide and has a sturdy metal frame. Pick up the roller for a test drive in the hard ware store, and buy the one that fits your hand most comfortably makes sure that the bottom of the roller handle is threaded so that you can attach an extension pole for hard to-reach places.

Roller covers are disposable and come in various different thicknesses, or ‘naps.” For most interior jobs, you need only a 1/4- or 3/8-inch nap. If you have a rough surface (such as stucco or brick), it is best to use a thicker nap (or more). Choose a quality roller frame that won’t let the cover slip off. Just like a paintbrush, make sure you buy a cover made of quality nap. If you don’t, you will end up having to pull tiny fibers out of your paint job.

Before using a roller cover, be sure to rinse it off (with water if using water-based paint or with paint remover if using oil-based) to remove any loose particles or lint. Can you reuse paint rollers? Depending on the quality and the surface, you may be able to use the rollers a few times. But just take a look: you will be able to tell when you can no longer use the roller because it won’t roll as well and will begin leaving nap behind on the wall.

For water-based paint, an all-purpose roller cover will work just fine. For oil-based paints, however, you will want to use a more expensive roller cover, such as lamb’s wool. If you are painting to a high-gloss finish, try to find a mohair roller cover. It is more expensive but will leave you with a smooth, professional finish.

Floppy Roller Painting

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.

1. Loading a roller

2. Place the roller into the deep end of the roller tray, immersing it.

3. Rotate the roller back and forth over the ribbed end of the tray.

4. Make sure the roller is well saturated with paint but not dripping.

5. 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 determination!



Rollers are useful for painting large areas and are available in different sizes and textures. Foam and mohair sleeves are good for covering smooth surfaces; wood and deep-pile synthetic suit rough surfaces. Cut in edges before using on a wall.

1. Rollers are suitable for applying latex paint: oil-based paint can be difficult to clean off from the cover. Prepare for painting by pouring a quantity of paint into a clean, dry roller tray.

2. Place the roller sleeve over the roller. Dip the roller in the paint, rolling it up and down the incline of the tray until it is well covered.

3. Apply the paint randomly by running the roller up and down the wall and from side to side. Spread the paint as evenly as possible, and try not to let the roller slide across the wall.

4. To complete one area, lift off in an upward stroke. When you move to an adjacent area, roll over the wet edges to blend. Be careful not to splash paint onto the woodwork.


Paint pads are interchangeable with rollers. They are ideal for applying water-based paint to large areas. Although they can be used with oil-based paints, it is possible that the cleaning solvents required to remove oil-based paint could damage the sponge. Paint pads can be used to paint metalwork and wood.

1. Pour the paint into a paint-pad tray or a roller tray. Lightly dip the pad into the paint, keeping the pad flat. Do not submerge it. If overloaded, wipe off the excess. Alternatively, buy an applicator to apply paint to the pad.

2. Cover the surface randomly in a light, crisscross motion. Do not press too hard or the paint will drip. Reload the pad only when you can see that the paint coverage is beginning to thin.

Clean Paint Roller

After you’ve finished painting, easily clean the roller, and have it ready for the next job

It’s easy to clean paint roller:

• First scrape as much paint out of the paint roller as you possibly can with your paint scraper tool.

• Second, remove the roll from the frame and rinse off both the roll and frame in warm, soapy water.

• Next, put the roller back on the frame.

• Go to an outdoor spigot, attach a spray nozzle to the hose, hold the roller out from yourself. Spray into the roller, slowly moving up and down the roller until the water (and paint) is out.

• Note if exterior spigot is no option, or there is cold weather outside, use kitchen or laundry room sink to rinse, and spin dry with both hands.

The force of the water coming out of the nozzle propels the paint residue out of the roller much better than just holding it under a faucet. At the same time, it cleans and “prepares” the roller for use the next job.

Choose the Right Color
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