Roller Marks


Roller marks or stipple and any unintentional textured pattern left in the paint finish by the roller.


  1. Use a roller cover with the proper frame and nap.
  2. Avoid too long a nap for the paint and the substrate.
  3. Use a quality roller cover to ensure adequate film thickness is applied and the uniformity of the finish.
  4. Quality paint roller covers are built around a phoenelic, plastic or wire mesh core that will not soften when wet.
  5. High quality paints tend to roll on more evenly due to their higher solids content and leveling properties.
  6. Moisten roller covers used with latex paint and shake out all excess water.
  7. Use a quality roller frame, not one with removable end caps that may mark walls.
  8. Apply even presure and don't let paint build up at the ends of the roller.
  9. Begin rolling at a corner near the ceiling and work down the wall in three or foot square sections.
  10. Spread paint on in a zigzag "M" pattern, beginning with an upward stroke to minimize spatter
  11. Without lifting the roller from the surface fill in the zigzag pattern with even parallel strokes.