How to Paint Corners with a Roller

Have you ever wanted to roll paint onto the inside corners of your walls? This can be difficult if you don’t know how to use your roller properly. In fact, it’s probably one of the trickiest parts of painting the inside of your home! Even experienced painters struggle with this type of project. So if you’re trying to figure out how to paint corners with a roller, here are some tips that will make the job much easier.

If you’re painting with a roller, it’s very important to get into the corners of each wall or surface you paint. If you don’t, your walls will look like they have shadows or inconsistencies in their coloring. Here are the best ways to paint corners with a roller so you can get the cleanest and most consistent paint job possible when painting your room or home.

Roll out the right amount of paint

It’s important to roll enough paint onto your roller so that it covers all areas, but you don’t want an excessive amount of paint. When you apply too much, it can cause drips and streaks—and paint that doesn’t cover properly takes longer to dry. Your goal is even coverage, so be sure not to skimp on the paint-filled rollers.

Use two different sized rollers

When applying paint to corners, use two different sized rollers. This ensures that you’ll have success painting every corner, even if it’s awkward and tiny. Be sure that you begin with your larger roller first, so that you can move easily around your surface, then wrap up by using your smaller roller on any little crevices or hard-to-reach areas. This will give you an evenly painted and finished surface without leaving any blank spaces behind.

Don’t get caught on edges

When you’re painting corners with a roller, one of your biggest concerns is how away from that corner you can go without  your roll touching or overlapping that edge.. To solve for that, roll your paint all along the edge first. Start from where you will begin laying down paint and roll up to where you want to stop.

Leave the center flat

The natural tendency is to paint around corners or into corners first. That way you don’t have to come back and do any clean up in these spots, but you’ll often end up with some splotchy sections where you end up putting on more paint than necessary. For best results, work along flat surfaces and cut in around corners last. It takes longer, but saves time down the road when you go back and do touch ups of your previously painted areas.

Start in one corner

Painting corners is intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Start in one corner of your room and work your way around it, staying as close to that wall as possible. If you end up having a drippy mess on your hands, don’t worry; just paint over it and try again!

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