Paint with a Roller Brush, the Proper Way

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Paint with a Roller Brush, the Proper Way

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Chances are, if you have ever painted a wall inside your house, you most likely used a roller brush.

Roller brushes are great for painting large surface areas quickly and efficiently. They help the painter apply even paint coverage and get the job done in a timely fashion.

These two benefits alone are enough reason to use a roller brush whenever possible. The only potential downside to painting with a roller brush is possibly having to go back and repaint areas close to the trim, or getting speckles of pain on your clothing and floors.

However, if you follow proper roller brush painting techniques, you should not experience any splattering or dripping. Painting with a roller brush is a piece of cake, especially when you follow the best practices.

1. Use a paint tray. Everyone knows that when painting with a roller brush, you must use a paint tray. Pour the paint from the can into the tray, but don’t pour in too much at once. When preparing your workspace, make sure to lay down papers or old bed sheets to protect the floor from drips and splatters.

2. Prep the roller. Before dipping the roller brush into the paint, remove lint from the new roller using the sticky side of painter’s tape or with a vacuum.

3. Apply paint to the roller brush. Roll the brush into the paint until it’s about half saturated. Then bring it back up and drag excess paint onto the grooves of the tray. Do this a few times, until the brush is saturated. This way it won’t cause splatters or spills.

4. Use the “W” or “N” painting technique. Everyone knows that a roller brush is the best tool to cover large surfaces with paint quickly. Repeat a “W” or “N” painting stroke on the wall until the spot is covered completely and evenly. Get as close to the trim as possible to avoid leaving a ribbon of brush marks along the edges of the wall.

Roller brush painting technique

5. Apply pressure, but not too much. Obviously you need to apply pressure to transfer paint from the brush to the wall. You should press moderately to prevent paint from beading and dripping. If you do not see beading, but your arm is getting tired, you probably are not using enough paint.

6. Lift the roller. At the end of each stroke, lift the roller away from the wall to avoid leaving a distinct edge.

Presto! That’s all there is to it. You see, you knew what you were doing all along.

We hope this how-to post gave you a few new tricks to use for future painting projects. See the video edition of this how-to session on

Thank you for choosing Norberg Paints for your home painting supplies. Please let us know if we can help answer any further questions you might have about painting with a roller brush. We have tons of paint colors to choose from, from the top paint manufacturers, like Pratt & Lambert, Pittsburgh, Valspar and more.