The Way to Paint With a Roller

When you will need to paint huge expanses of surfaces in a room, using a paint roller is usually the best route to a speedy and even finish. The tools are cheap, and setup and cleaning are simpler than with other procedures, especially when compared to the more costly process of spray painting.

Although painting with a roller is a time-tested and preferred method of painting big distances, it’s not as straightforward as dipping a roller cover at a paint tray and spreading the paint. However, there is one unexpected key to painting a room with a roller like an expert –use a bucket and display rather than a paint tray and liner.

Way to Paint With a Roller
Way to Paint With a Roller

On big jobs, professional painters typically load a couple of gallons of paint at a five-gallon bucket, pressing out excess paint onto the attached bucket display. This accelerates the process since it avoids repeated visits to the paint tray, both to refill the tray and to reload the roller using more paint. It’s Also neater since rolling-out occurs directly over the paint supply and contributes to painting waste and mess

What You Will Need

Gear / Tools

Drop cloth

Plastic sheeting

Painter’s tape

Paint edger

Tapered paint brush

Metal spiral power mixer/drill (or timber paint stirring stick)

5 gallon bucket, preferably with a lid

5 gallon plastic or steel bucket screen

Paint can pour spout

9 inch roller frame

9 inch roller cover (one for each coat of paint, if preferred)

Extension rod (optional)

Latex or nitrile gloves (optional)


Interior latex paint


Prepare and Prime the Painting Region

Remove modest things like chairs, area rugs, and side tables in the room. Lay the drop cloth by the region you would like to paint. Cover the rest of the items with sheet vinyl. Secure the plastic together with painter’s tape. Wash and prime your walls prior to painting.

Before opening paint and if you can, turn off forced heat or air conditioning while paint is still wet to prevent dust embedding itself into the paint that is in the can, bucket, and on the wall.

Take the Day

You will spend about four hours of roller painting a room that measures 150 square feet. But it’ll have a whole day from prep to dry time.

Prepare the Edges

When painting with a roller, it’s not feasible to bring the paint straight against a border and reach a razor-sharp line. Instead, you’ll have to edge the paint before rolling.

One technique is to use a paint edger: a little tool intended just for painting along a border. Another technique is to conduct painter’s tape across the surface which won’t be painted. Paint goes on the adjoining surface only, with the tape protecting another surface from paint. Finally, for those who have a steady hand, you might want to cut-in the paint using a tapered brush designed specifically for the job.

Wearing Gloves

Interior latex paint washes off your hands easily with water. Sometimes, it requires a little scrubbing under the nails to publish the paint, however. If you prefer to prevent the sensation of wet paint on your hands while performing the job, put on a pair of latex or nitrile gloves.

Thoroughly Mix the Paint

Paint is made up of solids and pigments, which may separate if the paint was sitting for just a couple of days. Either use the paint in a couple of days of buying it from the store or blend it by yourself using a power mixer attached to a drill.

To Thin or Not

Brand new paint applied with a roller or brush generally doesn’t have to be thinned.

Pour the Paint Into the Bucket

Working out or in a different place where large spills won’t matter, move the paint in the paint can into the paint bucket. Fit the paint can with the pouring spout, then tip the can so that paint flows slowly into the bigger bucket. Avoid pouring fast, since this can create bubbles.

Pour Maximum of 3 Gallons

Restrict the initial pour to no more than three gallons, because any more than that will envelop the bucket display and make it hard to use.

Insert the Bucket Screen

Twist the bucket display over the lip of the paint bucket. The display will extend a few inches to the paint with the vast majority of the screen visible over the paint. If you have less than 9 inches of usable display, pour some of the paint back into the paint can.

Load the Roller Cover With Paint

Slide the roller cap on the roller frame. Immerse the roller cover in the paint bucket. Do not immerse far past the roller cover as this will cover the roller frame in paint and lead to drips. Allow the roller cover to completely soak up paint. Move it to the peak of the bucket display and roll down gently several times. Avoid pressing too hard, as this will transfer conspicuous grid marks to the wall which could be tricky to smooth out.

Kinds of Roller Extension Poles

For those who get a high wall or you are painting the ceiling, then opt for an extension rod. There are various types: a wooden pole with a threaded end (great ), an aluminum rod with a locking mechanism (better), and a flexible rod with a locking mechanism (best).

Roll Paint on the Primary Surface Area

With a rich paint roller dry enough it isn’t dripping with paint, start rolling the primary (not edges) area. Stay within local areas of approximately 4 feet by 4 feet. Move the roller at an up-and-down W-pattern. Always keep working from an adjoining wet edge to blend the edges and also to avoid creating lines.

Roll Gradually in Certain Locations

Rolling too quickly may splatter nice drops of paint to a nearby unpainted surface, like a ceiling or windows. Roll slowly to prevent this.

Reload the Roller Cover

Once the roll marks on the wall start to appear spotty and hazy, it is time to reload the roller cover with paint.

Dip the roller part way into the paint, but do not fully immerse it when reloading. Then press the roller many times on the bucket display to equalize the quantity of paint that’s on the whole roller cover.

Back Roll the Main Region

Back rolling is the practice of painting another time while the first coat is still wet to be able to fill in segments and deepen the colour. You have to come back to the area shortly after that first coat was laid. If you wait too long, the first coat will be tacky and will cause a textured and unsmooth finish.

Roll Close To the Edges

Assuming that you’ve previously painted the edges (see Step 2), you finally have a group of paint a few inches wide that you could meet with your paint roller.

Roll a Second Coat

After the paint has completely dried, lay down another coat of paint. A couple of coats of paint will deepen the color and make the paint stronger.

Follow the steps above to complete the second coating. If you would like, roll onto a third coat of paint, then following exactly the exact steps.

Utilize a New Roller Cover

Roller covers can be tricky to clean. Many professional painters prefer to discard roller covers after each use and wear a fresh one when beginning the next coat.

Clean the Work Area

After the paint has dried, remove the painter’s tape. Carefully remove the plastic sheeting and drop cloth (watch for clogs). If latex paint has been used, you can clean the roller frame, bucket display, bucket, brushes, and other things with warm soap and water.