How to Avoid Roller Marks When Painting Ceiling

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Do you know how to avoid roller marks when painting ceiling?

Now, here’s the point…

The dream of giving a room beautiful look can be quite interesting and one that everyone would be eager to carry out as the expected new look will make the room more appealing to the senses.

Painting a room is a common means of beautifying a room and thus more appealing to users, both the owner and visitor alike.

When a room is painted, the ceiling is usually considered as well since it usually loses its aesthetic look over time.

However, if not properly done, painting the ceiling can come with frustrating results after the task. Usually, one can notice roller marks on the ceiling after painting.

They can be quite disappointing after much work, high expectations and involved financial resources.  It is usually more tasking to paint a room’s ceiling than the room walls.

How to Avoid Roller Marks When Painting Ceiling

The following are some of the things to do in order to avoid seeing roller marks on the ceiling after painting it.

These steps, if adequately followed can help even the nonprofessional to give the ceiling a great new beautiful look after painting without, roller marks. They include;

1. Make Less Paint Roller

It’s possible to have roller marks on your ceiling after painting because you had excess paint on the edges of your roller, hence leaving a thick line behind.

This can be tackled by simply taking off the excess paint on your paint roller, roll the areas again that have lines from the roller in order to smooth out the roller of paint and when you put your paint roller in the tray to get more paint.

Ensure you don’t take excess paint on your paint roller thereby over-saturating the paint roller which creates lines on the ceiling.

2. Make Use of Thicker Roller Nap

People are usually advised not to use thicker roller nap as they could give rise to untidier paint on their ceiling, more so that the dab will be ugly and thick.

A thicker nap can yield untidier ceiling, but then if you do the job of painting well, a thicker nap would hasten up your work and get rid of roller marks.

It is very advisable to use thicker nap like a three-quarter napped roller. A tip for using a thicker napped roller is to roll out the section you are working on and go back, re-roll again before dipping the roller into the tray to get more paint.

Using this pattern smoothen down the dab on the area while evening out the painted ceiling. Painting much faster is facilitated by this method.

The explanation for the elimination of roller marks after painting the ceiling is that a thicker napped roller comes with softer fatter edges.

A slender nap such as half or three-quarters roller possesses a more definite sharp edge with a high possibility of leaving lines from edges of the paint roller.

3. Make Use of Flat Paint Sheen

The first thing to consider is to ensure that a paint that has a flat sheen is used. Sheen is the quantity of luster or shine which a paint gives produces.

If a paint possessing higher sheen for example gloss, semi-gloss or satin, those sheens naturally will display varying type of shine due to the deficiencies on the ceiling (roller marks) as a result making them be distinct from the remainder of the ceiling.

4. Increase the layer of Paint, coming from the Opposite Direction

When painting the ceiling, consider applying two layers, with each layer rolled in the opposing direction. This could do a great trick to preventing roller marks when painting the ceiling.

This can be done by rolling from South to North in the first layer, wait for it to dry and then roll your paint from West to East. More often than not, roller marks result from bad coverage while painting as well as uneven finished coat or layer.

A second layer or coat ensures full coverage and rolling in the opposite direction ensures that the finish layer or coat attains the best evenness possible.

5. Make Use of Ladder

Using a ladder to paint a ceiling with a roller can go a long way in getting rid of roller marks. Making use of a good extension pole helps to reach the surface of the ceiling from the ground.

It, however, does not provide similar control on the roller as noticed with the use of a shorter pole. The ladder can be positioned centrally under the area that is being painted so that movements would be minimized while covering the area.

If the time spent carrying out paint strokes is reduced while painting, the chances of getting the paint dry earlier will be more. That’s the impact of using a good ladder for painting the ceiling.

6. Don’t Over Fill the Roller

Ensure the roller is not over-saturated with paint, otherwise, roller marks are likely to be part of your painting. Make use of a small gallon bucket, that has a roller screen, for an even paint distribution on the roller.

Slightly dip your roller against the surface of the paint and distribute the paint laterally on the roller surface using the screen.

7. Spray the Ceiling

This may look like the most expensive method than others. That’s the feeling out there. However, spraying gives off the best finish possible on the ceiling painting project.

By spraying even coat or layer at the ideal distance from the work surface and touching fifty percent on every move, an even coat with a wonderful coverage that looks amazing is a huge possibility.

You can still apply the double laying or coating method by spraying in a different track when spraying your ceilings also.

Lightly back rolling the sprayed ceilings with three quarter inch nap roller will be amazing as this will produce a tight dabbed texture anyone would be proud of.

It is imperative to note that if you wish to make use of the sprayer, an airless sprayer (not HVLP or air sprayer).


  • Ceiling paint
  • Medium- or thick-nap roller
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller

Roller marks are avoidable and with the knowledge you have acquired through this post, you are now fully enhanced to paint professionally and carry out neater jobs.

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