How to Eliminate Roller Marks

Painting is the most easiest and economical way to make a room more airy and beautiful. But painting may results streaks, drips and marks left by paint rollers. How to eliminate roller marks is as easy as ABC. There are pointers to avoid and eliminate roller marks. Before painting a wall with paint roller, move and cover furniture and flooring. This will preserve the furniture as well as avoid any damage on it. Apply painter’s tape to adjoining walls and then trim those that won’t be painted with the same color of the wall. Cut in the edges and wall corners with paintbrush. Do not place excess paint in the brushes. Paint a section along the edge of the wall one or two feet long. Skip ahead the same distance, and paint back toward the wet painted area. Continue this process. After the primary painting procedures, the rest of the wall can be covered with a paint roller. Dipping and loading the paint brush properly will help avoid drips, streaks and lap marks. Using the ridges at the top of the paint pan can help minimize the excess paint. But be sure the roller is not dripping when raised. This will make sure that the floors will not be stained.


Rollers produce some types of lines, there are more material coming off from the ends of the roller as it moves across the surface. With a variety on the material used, application temperature and pot life, the roller lines may or may not even out. The speed of rolling, the amount of material on the roller and the weight pushing the roller plays an important role in leaving roller marks. Heavy bodied materials are always best applied in small batches and with a push-pull applicator such as a lamb’s wool or micro-fiber pad or a T- bar will help to eliminate roller marks. Make sure to get the right quality materials. If not, it might results to poor result.

Roller marks or stipple are the unintentional textured pattern left in the paint finish by the roller.

Here are the simple tips on how to eliminate roller marks.
• Be sure to use roller cover with right frame and nap.
• Avoid too long a nap for the paint and the substrate.
• Use a good quality roller cover to make sure enough film thickness is applied and the uniformity of the finish.
• A quality paint roller is made around a plastic or wire mesh core that will not soften when wet.
• Use quality paints that tend to roll on more align due to the higher solid contents and leveling properties.
• Moisten roller cover used with latex paint and shake out all excess liquids.
• Apply the paint evenly and rolling the paint brush at a corner near the ceiling and paint down the wall in 3 or 4 square sections.
• Spread the paint on a zigzag way, beginning with an upward stroke to minimize spatter and without lifting the roller from the surface fill in the zigzag pattern with even parallel strokes.