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Question DetailsAsked on 6/2/2011

Should I use a brush or roller for interior Trim Painting?

My contractor used a roller for the interior doors and interior door/window trim painting, creating dimples and ripples as opposed to a nice smooth semi-gloss finish. It appears to me that this was an unprofessional mistake -- only brushes should be used on trim. Has anyone heard of such a job, or experienced it? (By the way, after I negotiate the final bill, I will post a detailed report on the List.) Thank you.

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If a painter used a roller on my woodwork, he/she wouldn't be paid. I'd take pictures as a CYA on the off chance we ended up on small claims court or the contractor filed a lien on my home.

Answered 9 years ago by tessa89


On wide trim, or trim being prefinished on sawhorses or such, a roller works nice to get the paint onto the surface without dripping (with latex or oils, never urethanes or varnishes or laquers - but the actual working and smoothing out of the paint on the surface should always be by brush, not roller. Ditto for doors. (Spraying acceptable if well done for prefinishing, but must be at least 2 coats as proper spray coats are thinner than brush coats).

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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