How to Properly Use a Power Paint Roller

What You'll Need
Power paint roller
Drop cloth
Masking tape

A power paint roller can greatly speed up your decorating jobs. There’s no need to constantly dip your paint roller into a tray as the paint is delivered to the tool. As with any piece of equipment, however, you need to know how to operate a power paint roller in order to use it effectively. It’s not difficult; you’ll only need to remember a few simple things.


Step 1 - Preparation

Before you use the power paint roller, you need to make sure the wall is ready for painting. To do this, clean the wall thoroughly to take off all the grease and grime, and fill and sand any holes. Give the wall ample time to dry before painting.

Remove all switch plates and outlets, and tape over the spaces with masking tape. Use more masking tape on the edges of doors and window frames to avoid paint running. Lay a drop cloth on the floor to stop any spills. Taking your paintbrush and the paint, you now need to edge the wall, cutting the paint in from 3 inches to 4 inches from the edges and around any frames.

Step 2 - Setting Up the Roller

Take out your power paint roller and assemble it according to the instructions. Place the sleeve of the roller firmly on the frame, making sure it won’t slide off. In many instances you’ll sit the can of paint on top of the motor of the power paint roller.

As part of the roller kit, you should have a plastic lid to fit on the paint can, with a hole in it. Run the tube from the power paint roller itself and push it through the lid, pushing it to the bottom of the can. Turn on the motor. Pull the trigger on the roller and check the paint comes up the tube. Take your finger off the trigger.

Step 3 - Painting

Pull the trigger again, and once you see small drops of paint seeping out of the roller, push it against the wall and start rolling. You should roll vertically on the wall, pulling the roller from the top to the bottom. You need to overlap the edges you’ve already painted. Try to cover the whole height of the wall in a single stroke.

The paint will flow through the power paint roller as long as you keep the trigger depressed. Overlap the strokes for the best effect. It will be easiest to continue until you’ve painted the entire wall. If you can’t do that, complete a section at a time before stopping. Once you’ve painted the entire wall or section, take your finger off the trigger and use the roller on the wet paint again. Use up and down strokes once more. This will smooth out the paint and eliminate any dripping.

Step 4 - Cleanup

To remove as much of the paint as possible from the roller, roll it over the wall without pulling the trigger. Remove the tube from the paint can and take off the plastic lid, letting excess paint drip into the can. Put the original lid firmly on the paint. Remove the roller from the frame and clean, then clean out the tube.