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ROLLING PAINT

After
preparation, and after the edges of your project have been cut in, you are ready to roll - pun intended. Whether you are priming or painting, the process is the same, but we'll just refer to the material in the article as paint.

You will need a five-gallon bucket, a painter's grid, a roller, and, unless you are rolling just a very small area, a rolling pole. Hang the grid inside the bucket and then pour the paint in.

Take the roller and roll it down the grid, until just the bottom of the roller touches the paint. You do NOT want to submerge the roller in the paint. Continue doing this until the roller is covered in paint all the way around.

Then roll it down the grid a few times, without touching the bottom, in order to get the excess paint off so it doesn't drip.

When you roll the paint on the wall, never start at the edge or you'll end up with an excess of paint there. Start more in the middle, then roll towards the edge. Then come back to the middle and roll the rest of the excess in the opposite direction.

Continue rolling until the roller gets dry and it becomes an effort to get a solid amount of paint on the wall. Now repeat the process, starting with dipping the roller again. If you find that the edges of the roller leaves lines, there's a trick to combat this. Simply angle the roller ever so slightly in the direction you're rolling. That way it will only leave lines in areas that you are about to roll over and smooth out.

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