As a tool for painting the surface of walls and ceiling, it is best to use a roller, since it is more convenient than an ordinary brush. But for the most successful result, you need to understand how to properly paint the walls with a roller, and understand the basics of paintwork.

Painting walls with a roller

Using a roller instead of a brush, you can save time for finishing and cut paint costs.

Today, construction services are not affordable for everyone, so many undertake painting work with their own hands. After careful finishing and leveling of the wall, painting the surface seems a fairly simple task. Nevertheless, small nuances and peculiarities arise immediately after the beginning of painting works, since applying a water emulsion or any other dye requires certain knowledge and skills.

There are several reasons for using a roller to paint on the surface of walls:

  • significant savings in the dye used;
  • Increase the speed of application of paint due to comfort during operation.

Before the beginning of painting works, you will need to choose the most suitable tool, since the rollers have several varieties.

Varieties of rollers

This kind of tool has been used for quite a long time. The first rollers were created on the basis of natural fur. Most often they were made from sheep's clothing. With the passage of a certain period it became clear that natural fur is too expensive for such a narrowly focused construction tool. For this reason, the manufacturers of paints have moved to the use of the latest developments, which significantly reduced the cost of production of rollers.

The most popular type of material that is used to make rollers is foam rubber. Today, in construction shops and in specialized markets, rollers are made on the basis of foam rubber of various densities. When choosing a suitable tool, it should be remembered that the application of water-based mixtures, varnishes and acrylic-based dyes is mainly carried out by this variety of rollers.

Types of rollers for painting

Types of rollers for painting.

The next material for the production of rollers, which is widely distributed in domestic markets, is mohair. It is recommended to use Mohair rolls when painting coatings with natural resin mixtures.

Tools for painting walls differ in the base hairiness. Rollers with increased hairiness are used for painting surfaces with a large area, since they are capable of retaining the color mixture in large volumes.

It is necessary to take into account that during the painting works the roller needs careful pressing, which is carried out with the help of a special grate or grater. This procedure should be performed regardless of the degree of tool hairiness, otherwise the cost of the paint composition will increase.

Paint Features

Scheme of painting the wall with a roller

Scheme of painting the wall with a roller.

Most inexperienced painters, who never worked as a roller, often wonder how to paint walls with this tool. Not everyone knows what roller to use for painting walls, and what for painting the surface of the ceiling. Some suggest that the roller is used exclusively by qualified specialists.

In fact, this tool is designed to be used by people who do not have the proper experience of applying a paint or water-based coating to the wall surface. It is quite easy to use, so no special skills for working with the roller will be required. If a person has never before been engaged in repair and painting works, he will still master the methods of painting various surfaces with a roller.

Methods of painting the walls only 2. The first method of applying the paint is as follows:

  • with the movement of the hand vertically from top to bottom;
  • by moving the hand vertically up to the original place.

This method provides a qualitative coloring of the smooth and coarse surface without the presence of unaffected areas.

The second way is done a little differently:

  • by moving the hand horizontally from right to left;
  • by moving the hand vertically over the horizontal layer applied by the previous method.

With this method of applying the paint, it will be necessary to cover the total surface area for painting. Both methods involve the timely spinning of the roller web. Any kind of dye can be applied in several layers.

It should be taken into account that this kind of painting tool is intended only for painting an even area. Edge and corner areas should be painted with a simple brush, painting of these areas with a roller is not possible.

Scheme of paint distribution on the roller

Scheme of distribution of paint on the roller.

The roller is an irreplaceable painting tool that is used even without work experience, but this does not mean that it is impossible to create expressive patterns and abstract effects using it. As it is a professional device, many experienced painters can easily recreate beautiful and unusual patterns, which are achieved by changing the hue by pressing the roller during the painting process.


This paint tool is different both in terms of the material on which it is made and in size, implying the scope of its application. To repair a simple apartment in a high-rise building, it is worth to look closely at rollers with a width of 250-300 mm. It is necessary to take into account that an excessively wide tool will cause certain difficulties in the process of performing the work. First, such a roller is more difficult to paint walls, especially in hard-to-reach places. Secondly, he spends too much paint.

When buying a roller, be sure to pay attention to its additional devices.

An irreplaceable element when painting high walls is a special handle that lengthens it and allows the tool to be used without having to climb the ladder.

Do not forget about the special grater, which is designed to remove excess dye.

Paint tools of this type have a significant drawback - their cloth is prone to rolling. After such a tool is already unsuitable for use, it is therefore recommended to select more expensive rollers with steel threads. They have an increased safety margin and will last a long time.

Roller Care

At the end of the work, you should send the platen for storage in the proper form, so it needs to be cleaned properly. If you painted the walls with a water-based compound, the tool should be rinsed under running water. After washing, the roller can not be squeezed out, otherwise its shape will change and it will quickly deteriorate. The best solution is to dry naturally.

After performing the painting work with a varnish and acrylic composition, it is necessary to clean the instrument with a special mixture that is sold in any construction shop.

Often after the completion of the work, even experienced painters forget to wash the roller, which ultimately leads to undesirable consequences: the tool's cloth dries up, loses its original properties and comes to an unfit state. Therefore, proper care must be provided in a timely manner.

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