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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug. 14, 2000
    Clarksdale, MS--the golden buckle on the cotton belt

    Default Spinoff--Paint Pads versus roller for interior

    I've always had a ton of trouble getting rollered paint to a smooth finish. Are the paint pads better at that? I only ask because the trim pads do such a good job.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov. 6, 2002
    Henrico, NC 36 30'50.49" N 77 50'17.47" W


    Use Purdy rollers. After loading roller, put paint on the wall, not overlapping the first pass. Once the majority of the paint is off the roller and on the wall, including ridges from extra on the edges of the roller, use the roller to spread it all out thin and smooth. The most important part is the spreading it out without trying to use a loaded roller. It only takes a thin coat to cover.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun. 14, 2006


    Quality rollers do a better job, but the knap (is that the right word) matters too depending on the texture of your walls.

    The quality of paint is also important. You wouldn't think there would be such a marked difference, but there is.

    With the pads, I think you'd find you'll have tracking marks. Especially if you're painting with a lighter color over darker.

    I like putting a good primer on. You can tint the primer based on the final color you're going for and that helps too.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb. 9, 2006


    Paint brush, quality, with real bristles, every time.

    You'll use less paint, clean-up is easier, and it's often quicker, as you don't need to tape everything beforehand....and get it stuck under your finger-nails trying to remove it afterwards.

    Plus, the finish is nicer!

    Just make sure you have adequate ventilation and humidity - if the room is too dry, the paint will dry too fast and you're liable to get streaks....this applies to paint applied by brush and roller both.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec. 31, 2000
    El Paso, TX


    Use the correct nap for the texture of the walls.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct. 21, 1999
    Rochester, NY


    What nap do you use for plaster walls in an old house? I tried a roller once and practically went crazy trying to get all of the nooks and crannies filled in. After that, it was back to the brush for me.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb. 27, 2004


    I use the paint pads and the thin rollers. If I have a large open area to paint the thin paint rollers work well. In smaller areas the paint pads work better, particularly near the ceiling, around windows. I have more control with them.

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