How to Avoid Paint Roller Marks

What You'll Need
Paint roller
Paint brush
Extension handle
Roller tray

Painting a  wall or ceiling can be require a lot of effort, and your finished job can be marred by clear paint roller marks. The roller is an efficient way of managing to paint a large area, but the ends of the roller can produce ridges which mar the evenness of the paintwork. When you are looking at your painting after a hard effort, the effect of these ridges can be rather annoying. In order to avoid these paint roller marks, you should take the time to use methods which will allow you to avoid this. Avoiding these paint roller marks is not difficult once you know what to do.

Step 1 - Get Some Good Tools

Before you even start rolling out the paint, the best way to keep your paint roller from leaving marks is to purchase the best. By good quality paint of the sort needed to complete your project, gloss or matte paint perhaps. You should also take the time to try and buy a roller which is average or good quality, a cheap roller from your local supermarket will probably not do as well. In  order to keep the paint from streaking at the edge, you should look for a roller which has a beveled edge, and a suitable core. You may find that cheap rollers do not have these features, and their core is made from cardboard. The latter will get damp during painting, and loose the shape, causing more marks.

Step 2 - Mix Well

Once you have your paint, you should start by mixing the paint thoroughly. Use a metal stir stick to get the paint parts mixed together, as this will help you to avoid streaking and unevenness. Paint that is not mixed properly has more chance of creating bad paint roller marks.

Step 3 - Paint the Edges

When you are ready to start painting the wall, take your paintbrush, and cover in the first two inches around the edge of your wall. This will help you to avoid marks caused by trying to force the roller into the corner, and will also mean that you don't mark the wall by painting along the edges after you have finished the rest of the painting.

Step 4 - Apply Paint Evenly

Begin using the roller by spreading a layer of paint out into your paint tray. Put the roller into the paint, and then roll out into the tray until you have an even layer of coverage. You should try to avoid getting  the ends and the core soaking with paint, as this will cause them to leave marks. Put the paint roller onto the wall, and then roll it upwards and downwards using long even stokes. Paint at a slight angle, so that you are not leaving straight marks. Blend your next stroke into the old stroke, repeating the angled shape. You should then use the roller until the wall is complete.