Painting your walls can be a great way to redecorate your room or simply give it a clean new look. One problem that several amateur painters encounter when painting their walls are stripes. These stripes make the wall unfinished and painted carelessly. There are a few reasons you may encounter streaks when you paint your walls, but by following these tips you can eliminate the problem.
- Put paint on your roller evenly and with decent coverage. There should be paint dripping off the roller before you start painting your walls. To avoid this, simply pass any excess paint on the textured part of the tray.
- Visualize the area of the wall you are going to paint. Just try to cover a small amount of wall at a time. A 3 x 3 inch (7 x 7 cm) square is good to start with.
- Place the side roller in the upper left corner of your imaginary square. You will actually begin to paint the area from side to side, not from top to bottom as you would have thought.
- Go from side to side, making a zigzag movement as you pass the painting on your imaginary square on the wall. Your first movement will be straight from side to side from one end to the other. Without lifting the roller, do not pull (or push depending on which hand you are using) the roller in the opposite direction and down. Go far enough down to overlap your previous stroke, about 1/2 inch to 1 inch (1 to 2 cm). Continue using the zigzag movement until you reach the bottom of your square. Once you do, go to the side and up the square in the same way. Do this until you reach the top of the square?
- Place your roller in the upper right corner of the square and with the normal and vertical position. Pull the roller down the bottom side of the right corner of the square, then paint the wall with the same zigzag movement used in the previous step. Again, you will go up and to the sides and down and to the sides. Once you reach the end of the square, go back in the opposite direction. This is how you will ensure that there are no unpainted or uneven areas in the imaginary square.
- Move to an area right next to (or below or above) the area you’ve just painted. Repeat each of these steps for your imaginary squares.
Tips & Warnings
- Make sure the paint is mixed correctly before applying each coat. This is another way you can prevent scratches.
- Prepare to paint several layers. For lighter colors, two or three may be sufficient to eliminate any stripe. However, when using dark colors you may need four to six layers.