Forum List Household Repair Paint Rolling Advice Needed (Sati

terraformMarch 3, 2012


I need a little help.

I had some shelves made for my new desktop / bookcase.

they came to me well primed and ready to paint.

I am using a Behr Satin paint.

I have successfully painted all of the shelves and the smaller desktop to my liking.

But the larger 5'x3' desktop I can not get to look "even" to save my life.

I have put on 7+ coats at this point trying a variety of "rolling techniques"

but always there is a "trouble spot" and never in the same place.

once the last coat dries I see that an area looks un-even or you can see the roll lines

So I will paint it again, that area will look fine but another area will have a similar issue.

I could blame the paint or the roller but they worked on the other shelves just fine.

I have tried both the 'pink" rollers and the "white foam" roller types.

I started with the pink, and then the white but the white actually looked worse so then I went back to the pink.

Does anyone have any advice?

I have posted photos of the pic issue here

thanks in advance.

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    Bookmark   March 3, 2012 at 9:39PM
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It's probably not an issue with roller cover selection, but more of a wet edge problem. The goal should be to have the entire piece wet with paint at the same time so that it will all dry down evenly and together. Of course this is easier to do on smaller pieces. What is happening is that you work on one section and it is already too dry by the time you work on the next section and you are rolling back into that first section which is already too dry. So, you pull off some paint there that is really starting to set up already and that's why you have the dead spots there. I would try to add some extender to the paint to give it a longer open time and then roll all the way from one end to the other and don't stop or take any breaks between dips of paint. Modern day paints are very sensitive and fast drying and even letting an edge sit for 20 seconds may be too long. Also, the brand Behr probably isn't the best and the color is also a factor. Blacks are just tough to get to look nice unless it is sprayed or the product is oil based. Good luck!

    Bookmark   March 4, 2012 at 5:57PM
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You are rolling until the rollers are too dry, and spreading it too thin, so you have an edge problem.

Use a wider roller, and DO NOT roll until you hear that "frying bacon" sound of a dry roller. Roll it fast, and use ample amounts of paint.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2012 at 8:04PM
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