Will roller marks go away when paint dries?

Will roller marks go away when paint dries?

Are you standing in front of your freshly painted walls, hoping and praying those pesky roller marks magically disappear?

I get it. Before I became a professional painter, I would encounter every mishap and pitfall you can think of when painting your own home – including roller marks!

In fact, I vividly remember painting the walls and ceiling in my living room, only to be left staring at my streaky walls, wondering if my roller marks would go away when the paint dries.

I remember it so well because they didn’t! And in trying to rectify the issue, I cost myself a lot of mess, time, and frustration.

I wish I knew better back then. That’s why I wanted to put this article together. To tell you whether your roller marks will go away when your paint is dry, why roller marks occur in the first place and how to avoid them in the future.

Let’s dive in!

Roller marks on a wall

Do roller marks dry out?

Unfortunately, roller marks will probably not go away when the paint dries out.

However, as the paint dries some of the roller marks will become slightly less noticeable. But simply waiting until the paint has dried won’t solve the problem completely.

Instead, you will need to follow a few extra steps, like applying an extra coat of paint or sanding out the edges to get rid of the roller marks.

Why is paint roller leaving marks?

There are various reasons why your paint roller is leaving roller marks on your walls.

Not having enough paint on your roller is the most likely culprit. If you don’t load your paint roller enough, it tends to drag instead of roll as you paint your wall, leaving behind roller marks.

Another possible cause of roller streaks is using an improper painting technique. You must roll your surfaces with long and smooth strokes to avoid marks on the finish. Also, you must avoid using excessive pressure when rolling your walls. If you are having trouble with getting the painting technique right, you can contact professionals like our local painters and decorators in Dulwich.

However, it might not have anything to do with how you paint your walls. Instead, the tools you are using could be the cause. If you use a low-quality roller or paint to decorate your walls, you’re more likely to end up with roller streaks on the surface when the paint dries. That’s because cheap paint contains fewer binders, which results in a less even finish. And low-quality rollers are more likely to have an uneven texture, leading to streaks and stipple marks when you paint.

On the other hand, it could be something as simple as not waiting long enough for each coat of paint to dry before applying the next coat.

Painter and decorator painting a wall with a paint roller

How to get rid of roller marks?

If you have just finished interior painting and are staring at your freshly painted walls with disgust, you’re probably wondering how to get rid of those pesky roller marks.

Don’t panic! You can try to remove the roller marks from your painted surfaces. 

How? You’ll typically need to apply one of the following methods:

  • Applying another coat of paint
  • Feathering out the edges
  • Using sandpaper to smooth out the marks

Let’s look at these options in more detail!

Will a second coat get rid of roller marks?

Applying another coat of paint is one of the most popular ways to remove roller marks.

When painting a second coat, you provide the surface with more paint coverage. The additional coverage you get from a second coat of paint will help fill in any areas you missed with the first coat, creating a more uniform finish. As a result, you will lessen the appearance of roller marks when the paint dries.

Also, a second coat of paint helps remove roller marks by allowing you to feather out some of the unevenness in the finish. You can do this by overlapping the uneven areas to create a more uniform finish.

However, you need to apply the paints with the proper technique for this to work. By taking a few simple steps, you ensure a smooth finish:

  • Use high-quality rollers and paints (I think these paints are best for your walls)
  • Ensuring you are rolling with an even amount of pressure
  • Paint the surfaces in small sections, moving from one manageable area to the next
  • Maintain a wet edge on your roller or paintbrush

If roller marks are still visible after the second coat dries, you might need to lightly sand the surface between coats to achieve a better finish.

What roller is best for no roller marks?

One of the best ways to prevent roller marks is to use the right roller for the job.

Here are my top 3 rollers that will give you a roller-mark-free finish!

12” Hamilton Perfection Medium Pile Roller: The microfibres used in Hamilton’s rollers reduce paint splatter and provide a smooth finish. Head to your local home improvement store and use it to roll with ease.

Wooster Super/Fab Roller Sleeve: Wooster makes this roller with proprietary fabric that ensures the paint will adhere to the surface evenly.

Purdy White Dove Roller Cover: This Purdy roller is one most professional painters have in their toolbox. It’s made from premium woven fabric and is perfect for giving even coverage on walls and ceilings. It works best with latex and oil-based paints.

Paint roller rolling wall with roller marks

How to avoid roller marks when painting?

Prevention is always better than cure. So, if you haven’t started to paint your surfaces yet, follow my tips to avoid those awful paint roller marks.

You can avoid roller marks by using high-quality paints and a suitable roller. When you use good tools, you give yourself the best start to prevent roller marks.

Another top tip is to ensure you have enough paint for the area you want to paint. I know it sounds obvious. But one of the biggest causes (as we saw earlier) of roller marks is when you run out of paint before you finish painting and attempt to stretch every last drop across the surface.

Also, you can prime your surface before painting. When you apply a layer of primer to your interior surfaces, you are able to create a uniform surface for the paint to adhere to. As a result, you end up with a more even finish, and you are less likely to see visible roller marks.

Finally, one of the best ways to avoid roller marks is to roll in one direction. When you roll your walls or ceilings in one direction, you are able to avoid rolling back and forth over areas you have already painted, which leads to an uneven finish and roller marks.