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.

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