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How To Paint Interior Walls

How To Paint Interior Walls In 6 Steps

In this guide we’ll be sharing with you how to paint interior walls professionally. You want to ensure that the result not only adds colour to your everyday life but also provides a perfect finish that sets the right mood. At Metro Painting Brisbane, we understand the importance of a well-executed paint job, and we’re here to share our expert tips to help you learn how to paint interior walls in 6 simple steps.

Key Takeaways:

  • Clearing the space before painting is crucial for a smooth process.
  • Properly preparing the surface involves using a drop sheet, sanding, and dusting for a better finish.
  • Masking the trim for cutting in is recommended for achieving precise edges, especially for beginners.
  • Loading the brush correctly is essential for a seamless brushwork finish, ensuring a clean paint line.
  • Rolling out the wall with a balanced roller is important to evenly apply the paint.
  • Achieving a smooth finish with laying off is the crucial final step, hiding brush strokes and providing a consistent look.
  • Placing an unloaded roller at the top left corner, rolling down with minimal pressure, and slightly overlapping for laying off is a key technique.
  • The handle side of the roller should be on the right during laying off for optimal results.
  • Checking the roller’s balance by lifting it and ensuring even spinning is essential for even paint application.
  • Rolling as far into the brushed area as possible helps reduce the visibility of brush marks.
  • The article suggests checking out another post on preventing roller marks for additional insights and tips.

Step 1: Clear the Space for a Smooth Painting Process

Before you start painting, it’s essential to clear the area of any furniture, giving yourself ample working space. Alternatively, you can use plastic sheets to cover up any items.

Step 2: Properly Prepare the Surface

The first step in achieving a professional-quality paint job is to prepare the surface properly. Begin by laying down a drop sheet to protect your floor, sand down and dust off the wall for a better finish.

Step 3: Masking for Precise Edges

To achieve precise edges as a beginner, we recommend you to mask the trim for cutting in. Cutting in involves painting with a brush in areas that can’t be reached with a roller. This technique ensures that your paint job looks neat and professional.

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Step 4: Load Your Brush for Seamless Brushwork

Loading your brush correctly is crucial for achieving a seamless brushwork finish. Dip the brush into the paint roughly half the length of the bristles and tap it on the side of the paint pot to remove excess paint. Start brushing a few centimetres from the corner or edge, establishing a clean paint line. Drag the brush into the edge so that the line on the paint follows the edging, ensuring a smooth transition.

Step 5: Rolling Out the Wall


Once you’ve completed the cutting-in process, it’s time to roll out the wall. To load your roller, push it forward on the tray, then lift it to check if it spins evenly. An unbalanced roller indicates that the paint isn’t evenly applied. To fix this, continue rolling it over the tray with full rotations to spread the paint evenly. Start rolling from where you cut in and work your way across the wall. For the best results, roll as far into the brushed area as possible to reduce the visibility of  brush marks.

Step 6: Achieving a Smooth Finish with Laying Off

Laying off the wall is arguably the most crucial step in achieving a smooth, professional finish. This step hides streaky brush strokes and provides a consistent look. Start by placing your unloaded roller at the top left corner of your wall, ensuring the handle side of the roller is to the right. With minimal pressure, roll straight down the wall until you reach the bottom. Remove the roller, return to the top, and slightly overlap where you just rolled so that each panel rubs away the line from the previous lay-off.

What To Do Next?

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