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How to Paint a Wall

How to Paint a Wall Using a Roller: Professional Guide

Now today, I’m just going to do a demo on how to paint a wall. Now, these walls are basically in pretty poor condition, basically just going through and re-coating it because it’s a rental house now; when you’re doing a wall, the first thing you’ll need to do is go through and cut it in now as I said this is a pretty bad condition and actually when they painted the green last time they took the green onto the under edge of the actual cornice.

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So I’ve actually gone around and just painted that green as well, just so when the walls are finished, it looks nice and neat, so the first thing you’ll need to do is go through and cut it all in.


  • Plastic sheeting
  • Drop cloth
  • Painter’s tape
  • Tapered paint brush
  • Paint edger
  • Metal spiral power mixer/drill
  • 5 gallon Steel or plastic bucket screen
  • 5 gallon Bucket, preferably with a lid
  • Paint can pour spout
  • 14-inch rollers
  • Latex or nitrile gloves (optional)
  • Extension pole (optional)

Step 1: 

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Now, start rolling now. Generally, when rolling, make sure you have your roller tray close. You don’t want it on the other side of the room. I’ve seen people sort of walk around a room and leave the roller tray in one position; you need to have the roller tray close by at the end of the job. It saves quite a bit of time, so the first thing to do is to give the roller a good dip now; normally, I use 14-inch rollers, but I know a lot of people out there only use like 11 inches, so I’ll do this with an 11-inch roller.

Step 2: 

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You know what you’re doing now when you start; always start away from the edge. If you start right in the edge, you’ll end up with a big thick lot of paint right in the corner. You won’t be able to work that paint out, so stay away from the corner, go up, go down. Now that’s taken a fair bit of paint off the roller, and I’ll go into the edge and then come back down, then I’ll just work to the sides now when I feel the roller getting dry, I’ll stop.

Step 3: 

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Now, at this point, I haven’t gone all the way to the bottom or the top because every time you roll you when you stop, you’ll leave a little bit of a build-up of paint, and you don’t want that build upright on the top so when you’re rolling don’t roll to the top all the way the bottom straight away once that’s done I’ll go back through and this time I’ll take it to the top and all the way to the bottom.

Step 4: 

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While I’m doing this, I’m basically back rolling the paint, so there you go. I’ve taken that to the top. I’ll roll over that again in a minute, but I’ll do another dip, so once again, I’ll start away from where I just rolled. I’ll work some paint out this way first, and then I’ll work in back into what I’ve just rolled, and once again, I’m not going to the top nor to the bottom.

Step 5: 

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Now that I feel this sufficient paint off the roller, I’ll back roll over this again now when I say that there’s still lots of paint in there if I want to force it all out, but you don’t force all the paint out the roller so starting from the bottom again I’ll go up the top come back down from the bottom again up to the top back down same I’ve swapped sides you might have to see a little bit better.

So once again, I’ll repeat the exact process plenty of paint on the roller start away from where I’ll finish, spread the paint out, roll back into what I’ve just done, keep spreading it, so now I’ll start back here again if I go the other way you might see better from the bottom to the top and back down the bottom to top back down same again.

Step 6: 

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Now I’ve done that, I’m still going to go back over the whole wall in a minute now when you have power points or light switches in the middle of the room or middle of the wall, I find sometimes it’s better to cut around it just before you roll so silly I left the paint on the other side of the room. 

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So what I’ll do is I’ll quickly cut around this now you can tape the whole thing, but I generally just cut around it, lay it off lightly. So now I’ll roll that once again; I’ll load the roller, but there’s not quite as much wall to roll, so I’ll put a little bit less on the roller, and hopefully, I’ll have enough.

Step 7: 

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Once again, spread the paint; lucky me, the roller goes between the PowerPoint and the wall. This time I went to the top, which I should move, but this roll of dip hasn’t got as much paint on it as a previous one because I don’t want to have too much paint there now around power points. I would suggest you roll as close as you can to leave it nice and neat, so once again, I’ll go from the top-bottom sorry, to the top. Now here’s the awkward one sometimes when you’re doing around power points, etc.

Step 8: 

You bring the roller down, and then it’s best to actually repaint either side so the rolling when you’re rolling it, you don’t leave with a stop mark with a roller just there like if I come up the wall and stop there’d be a slight mark there so what you should do is do that first and then go either side whoops either side. If you don’t hit it like I just did either side of the light switch or PowerPoint.

Step 9: 

So now that’s done, I’m just going to go quickly go back and lay the whole wall off now depending on whether on a hot day you want to do this, probably roll half a wall then lay it off being a little bit cooler this should be fine.

Step 10: 

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Now, I’ll start from the bottom once again, go up and come down and what this will do is smooth the finish off slightly. Now every time I stop and take the roller off the wall slightly from the bottom, it’s taken off up top back down, take the roller off, and each time I’m still overlapping, you must overlap when you’re rolling off, you lay the wall off, so what you’ll find is weather conditions, etc., will vary when it comes to laying it off.

Final Verdict

So hopefully, that will help next time you’re rolling a wall now also down there if you’re a bit unsure you haven’t gone low enough, you can also get the roller and go sideways like so, but if you do that, you do it before you lay the wall off so in this case I’m just going to blend that back in this is the only first coat, so it’s not going to matter so much so there you go that’s just been a bit of a demo on how to paint a wall.

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