Best Tool for Painting Wall Stripes: Brush or Roller?

Question:What is the right tool for painting stripes on the walls - a brush or a roller? Everyone I ask seems to have a different opinion, and I'm confused.
Answer: The tool you choose for striping paint determines the finish of the stripes and the speed of the process.

For painting two-inch and smaller stripes, a brush is more convenient.

To paint three-inch and larger stripes, use a roller (brushing is too slow for this, and may leave visible marks).

If possible, try to match the size of the roller to the width of the stripe (for example, use a 6" roller for painting 6" stripes). You will do the job faster, and get a uniform finish that way.

Just keep in mind that you'll still have to use a brush to touch up the areas right under the ceiling, above the baseboards and in other tight spots.

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by: Brandy Ray

Awesome post! I've been thinking about trying to paint vertical stripes in our powder room, but I could not decide for the life of me which tool to use. I guess I'll use a 6" roller, since it seems more convenient and it paints the amount of size that I want my stripes to be.

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