Don’t use a dry paint roller
Before you start painting or anything else, you want to wet the paint roller cover with water. By placing the roller in water, it primes the roller making it to soak up as much paint as possible. You do not want to soak the roller in water for a long period of time nor allow it to be dripping with water, a give rinse should be good. You can remove any excess moisture with a paper towel or by shaking the roller, the key is to have it slightly damp.
Assume you can use the same type of paint roller cover for all projects, think again!
There are different types/sizes of rollers depending on the type of painting job you are going to be doing. The company Behr recommends a 3/8-inch-thick roller cover for most finishes, and if you are doing a high-gloss finish you should use a thinner, 1/4-inch-thick cover. For textured walls like brick, you’ll need a 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch-thick cover to get in all the nooks and crannies.
Use the inside of the rim to wipe off your brushes
When you wipe the paintbrush on the can’s rim you leave unwanted paint on the rim that when you go to put the lid back on later, you’ll be faced with a mess. Instead, let the brush drip over the can to remove any excess paint or, if you must, gently tap the bristles of the brush against the inside of the can.
Also, you can place a rubber band around the paint of can and make sure that part of the rubber band is in the middle of the top. You can use this to wipe your brush off without getting the rim of the can a mess.
Don’t make paint strokes shorter than 12 inches
When painting, you want to use your full arm length as a rule of measurement for your strokes. If you are making small and shorter strokers you can end up with the dreaded uneven finish. By doing arm length strokes with out stopping and starting in the middle you will have a soother finish.
Don’t leave your tools out during a break
When you come to stopping point for the day or need a break, we have to put our brushes and rollers somewhere. The key is to place it in a place that won’t make the brushes/rollers dry up and unusable. Here is a trick that will help save you some time and money: If you’re reusing the paint color and applicator the next day, wrap or place the applicator securely in plastic wrap or a grocery bag and place it in the fridge. This will save you the step of washing the applicator and starting the saturation process from scratch.