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MrPaint

04:18AM | 02/16/04
Member Since: 02/03/03
196 lifetime posts
5 .........good point! Always good practice to box multiple cans. Behr's ceiling paint is as white as their wall paint - it tints light colors fine.

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Lawrence

11:38AM | 02/21/04
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
YOU ARE USING TOO MUCH PAINT AND PRESSING TOO HARD ON THE ROLLER.

I'm a little surprised nobody else pointed this out so far. Essentially, the roller is like a boat cutting through water, and the roller marks are the wake of the roller left behind. The harder you press, the more you squeeze out of the roller and off to the side, and thus the bigger the wake/roller mark. The more paint to push out of the way, the bigger the wake.

One way to eliminate the problem is to use flow-control agents that increase drying time so the paint has more time to level out. But then you still end up with more paint on the wall than you need. All paint manuals and brands advise that two thin coats are better than one thick coat, and this is one of the primary reasons why: it goes on better.

I ALWAYS get roller marks while rolling the paint on from a freshly-charged roller. Then, after the roller runs out of paint, I gently roll back over the parts I just painted with an uncharged, "dryer" roller to collect the extra paint and spread it out more evenly on the finish roll to eliminate the roller marks. The final run is always with a much lighter touch than the first few strokes. Also, make sure every final stroke is in the same direction for a more even sheen.


sunnlover

12:45PM | 10/29/13
Member Since: 10/29/13
1 lifetime posts
I have always done my own painting. I usually use Pittsburgh Paint, or Dutch Boy. I never encountered streaking until just recently. I purchased Glidden paint with the primer. The only thing I came up with is that it is a much thicker paint. it has a little bit of body to it, so it holds on to it's "shape". You have to be very careful not to leave any thicker paint behind. The Dutch Boy I painted with recently, also with primer (no streaks) is pretty watery looking, but covers beautifully..and no streaks. So I believe that is something that occurs with thicker paints.
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