How to Paint With A Roller Without Streaks in 4 Steps

You really can’t deny the fact that painting a room brings new life into it. With so many colours and textures out there, you’re bound to find one that fits.


But unless you’re ready to dish out a fortune to hire professional painters, the DIY route comes with its own pitfalls. You may find your walls being patchy and uneven.


Fret not! We’ll show you exactly how to paint with a roller without streaks. From seeing why paint streaks to how you can combat it, we’ll go through it all. So buckle up, we’re going on a journey!

Why Does Paint Streak?


To know how we can paint with a roller without streaks, we must first get an idea on why paint streaks. This way, you can nip the problem at the bud and avoid such accidents from happening again. Let’s find out together.

Poor Quality Paint

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First and foremost, don’t fall in the habit of buying cheap paint just to save a few bucks.


No matter how good your technique is, poor quality paint will ruin all your efforts. Go for a more premium paint and you’ll see the difference!


Another thing.


Usually, satin or gloss finishes are harder to work with. If you’re a beginner with little to no experience, we suggest you steer clear from this type. So what should you go for instead?


Paints with a matte finish are your best friend. Even if your painting isn’t top-notch, these paints are more forgiving and your paint won’t streak.

Poor Quality Roller Sleeve

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So you’ve got your hands on some good quality paint and you can’t wait to start painting. Hold up. Take a look at your roller. Can it be the culprit behind your paint streaking?


The final look of your paint depends on the quality of your roller sleeve and the nap size. Ideally, a roller sleeve should be made of half polyester and half wool. This combination makes for the smoothest application and your paint will go on like butter.


Moreover, the paint nap size also makes a difference. What is a roller nap anyway? It’s the thickness of your roller sleeve. Thicker naps are ideal for rough surfaces whereas a thinner nap is best to paint your walls.


Go for a ¼” nap size and see how the game changes.

Poor Technique

So now you have the best paint and roller one could possibly have. You’re daydreaming of all the compliments you’ll receive when guests see your paintwork.


Hold up. Here are a few pointers you must keep in mind. Firstly, if you’re using a water-based paint then damp your roller sleeve with a wet towel. This will help you get an even application.


Moreover, don’t press on the roller too hard against the wall. A firm yet gentle pressure will be good enough.

How To Paint Without Streaks?

So we’ve covered all the possible things that could go wrong. Now that you’re wary of them, let’s start with the actual process of painting.

Step 0: Prepare the Room

You don’t want to mess up your floors and furniture in paint, right? So take big plastic sheets and cover your floor with it. To be extra safe, tape it in place so that it doesn’t slide under your feet.


Then, remove as much furniture as possible, and push the big ones in the middle of the room. Cover them with plastic wraps too.


Next, wear protective gear so that you don’t get affected by toxic paint fumes. There you go. Now you’re all set to start painting.


Step 1: Get an Even Surface

Before all, start your painting by ensuring a smooth base. A solid foundation is a key to a beautiful structure. If your walls have any cracks or chips, cover them with putty and use a primer to even things out.


Also, don’t forget to rub sandpaper over your repairs to blend them perfectly with the wall. Once we have a smooth base, let’s take a look at the next step.


Step 2: Paint the Edges First

Start from the corners when you start painting. Once you have the corners painted precisely, the rest of the work becomes much easier. Use a painters tape on the edges if you plan to paint your room more than one colour.


Take a paintbrush and carefully paint a streak around 10 cm wide across all the corners of the wall. Once you’ve painted the outline, filling in the paint will be as easy as colouring.

Step 3: Paint the Rest of the Wall

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Once you’ve got the perimeter of the wall painted, don’t let the paint dry. Start filling in the rest of the wall right away. Take the damp roller and dip it in the paint. Invest in a painting dish so that the paint is evenly layered out.


Next, dip the roller in the painting dish and apply the paint evenly on the wall. Remember to brush off the excess paint before you paint on the wall. Or else, you’ll end up with paint dripping down from your walls and creating a mess.


After you paint the initial layer, take the paint roller and brush over the paint while it’s still wet. Don’t take additional paint for this. Your aim is just to spread the paint layer more evenly.

Step 4: Clean the Painting Equipment

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After you’re done, don’t forget to clean the paint equipment while it’s still wet. You can wash a roller sleeve and use it again. Wash them with water and leave them to dry. Don’t forget to leave the painting dish and brushes.


And that’s about it. By following these easy and simple steps, we hope you’ll do a fantastic paint job leaving everyone awestruck. Was this post helpful? We hopefully solved all your queries on how to paint a roller without streaks.

Call us direct at Earles Paints on 07 4121 5202 for all the information you need and visit us : Earle Paint Place Maryborough.

If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to us in the comments below. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Now go paint that wall!




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