Best Tool for Painting Wall Stripes: Brush or Roller?
Use a brush for painting narrow stripes
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.
The tool you choose for striping paint will determine the finish of the stripes
, and the speed of the process.
But if you are not looking to create visible texture on your stripes, a brush or a mini roller are your two options.
For painting 2" and smaller stripes, a brush is more convenient - choose a quality one in a medium size, with synthetic bristles for a smoother finish.
To paint stripes wider than 3", use a roller (brushing will be too slow for this, and may leave visible marks)- the shorter the nap, the less texture you will see (but a sponge roller can create tiny bubbles in the finish if the paint is cheap and watery).
You can use a roller sideways, but 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 more uniform finish that way.
Just keep in mind that you'll still need a brush to touch up the corners right under the ceiling, above the baseboards and in other tight spots (unless you've used a wide tape for masking
those areas - then you can get in the corners with the mini roller). Click here to ask your own question about painting stripes.