How to Use a Paint Pad

What You'll Need
Paint Pad (Paint Pad Kit)
Paint Tray

A paint pad is a flat rectangular piece of foam or mohair attached to a handle. Paint pads are often used for painting in corners and difficult areas such as window and door frames or at the edge of moldings. Paint pads do not leave stroke marks or spill, but as the pad does not hold a lot of paint, it needs to be dipped in paint frequently and they should not be used on textured surfaces as the foam is delicate and will rip.

Step 1 – Buying the Right Pad Size for Your Need

If you buy a paint pad kit, it will come with the necessary tools and an ensemble of varying pant pads in different sized depending on the type of kit you buy. They come in sized that vary from 3 by 5 inch head for large surfaces to 1 by 2 inch head for narrower surfaces such as door frames, railings or windows. Single paint pads come in a variety of handle types as well; the bendable head kind are good for hard to reach places and if you have a tall ceiling go for the extendable handle kind.

Step 2 – Taping the Edges

Before beginning any paint job, always fold up your rugs; protect your furnishings and tape up the edges of walls, doors and windows etc for a better finish. This way when you are done you can remove the tape and have a better looking paint job.

Step 3 – Setting up the Paint Tray

It’s better to use a paint tray than dipping the paint pad in a paint bucket, as the paint pad holds little paint using the bucket will only make the pad drip and affect your final paint job. Fill the tray to a level so that the pad may dip in it without drowning.

Step 4 – Painting

Dip your paint pad into the paint tray and wipe away excess paint at the edge of the tray. For an all over even paint coverage, move the pad back and forth in the tray before wiping excess off. Make sure to hold the paint pad in your dominant hand while supporting with the other. Work with long strokes in the same direction beginning in the corner and moving your way away. The paint pad leaves behind a thin layer of paint giving a clean neat finish. The process might take longer than it would with a roller or a standard paint brush. Use the smaller paint pad for intricate corners and moldings. If the handle does not extend all the way to the ceiling use a ladder.

Step 5 – Tips When Using Paint Pad

Before beginning any paint job turn off your heating system for the room you are working in and remove radiating vents, you can replace them once you are done. The heads of the paint pad are relatively delicate so avoid using on rough surfaces…its always best to finish the wall with sandpaper before beginning to paint it will give a smoother finish. Some paint pads which are larger in size come with wheels to keep them away from the edges.