It took me a long time to overcome my resistance to using a roller rather
than a brush. I now have walls without the vertical parallel marks where
the emulsion partially dries out and the new application alongside refuses
to 'feather in'. The downside is that the corners have to be cut in with a
Since my parenting has not yet finished (I have a nasty feeling it will
NEVER end) :-( , I have been asked to go and help my son redecorate the
house he has just purchased. I should like to ask if using paint pads is a
good idea - what are the advantages and disadvantages - are there any tips
which anyone can give me.
I like them. It takes some minutes to get used to them, and to
discover where paint might drip out and how to avoid that.
One big point (for me at least), make sure the handle of the
pad is positioned such that your hand is exactly centred behind
the pad. The more common ones have the handle coming from the
rear centre of the pad and off to an angle, so there's no way
you can get your hand centrally positioned. This means you
have to use some extra wrist force to make up for your hand
being non-centrally positioned behind the pad, and that's a
lot more tiring if you are doing a lot.
I'm afraid I don't like these things. I've never seen a decorater
use one! However, it's "horses for courses"; you'll have to try,
and see how you get on!
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The're great for water based paints. AFAIK the only way to get a
decent finish with acrylic varnish. With emulsion a large pad will do
large areas very quickly with very little of the spattering that I get
with a roller, and even a big pad gets pretty close to the corners.
I wouldn't use them with oil based paints though.
My parents always used pads and hated rollers, so I assumed there was a
reason and followed suit. Then one day, I bought a roller, just to see. All
the pads are now six feet under in a landfill, where they belong.
Another thing to consider is spraying, though. Very popular in the US,
apparently. Haven't tried it yet, as most cheap spray guns are not for
emulsion. I think there is the "SprayStation" which claims to do emulsion,
but I haven't bought one yet. Does anyone know if it works?
Not used a spray gun myself, only to do car paint, but from what I see on TV
there is a distinct skill to using them. At least i assume thats why all
these DIY progs end up with such a patchy finish.
I've been told you need to (a) make sure the thing is moving before pulling
the trigger, (b) make sure it is still moving when you let go and (c) put on
lots of very thin coats.
Do you think this would be enough?
I have sprayed emulsion, using an airless spray unit (the sort on wheels
which sits over a bucket of paint, not the handheld things). Good for
very uneven surfaces (like breeze blocks) but you get quite a bit of
wayward airborne paint which dries in the air and settles like dust. You
would only want to do it in an empty room. Fast though.
Pads are my tool of choice for emulsion onto artexed ceilings - a bit
like a brush, you stroke the paint on in different directions, and it
covers rather well.
Did not get on particularly well on vertical surfaces.
Drips are quite a problem, so if the house has carpetted floors you
definitely will need plastic sheets over the carpet.
Finish off corners with a 1in brush or similar.
Each to his own, but I much prefer pads over rollers (we're talking
about emulsioning I presume?) I find I get a smoother finish, and
less drips. Also gets very close in to corners. I think they are
easier to clean afterwards too.
But SWMBO swears by her roller, so I dunno. Suck it and see!
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