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Paint Pads

Paint pads are suitable for emulsion and solvent based paints, they make it easy to apply the paint smoothly and evenly without the risk of brush marks. They tend to apply less paint than a brush or roller so an additional coat may be needed. For the best results use the pads with a special paint tray that loads the correct amount of paint or some have built-in rollers, these also make sure the correct amount of paint is applied to the pad.

Applying paint using paint pads

Pads come in different shapes and sizes, some specifically designed for certain areas. There is an edging pad that contains wheels to run along adjacent walls or ceilings and small pads for painting narrow areas such as mouldings on doors, or window frames.

Before using new pads rub them over your hand to remove any loose pile. It is also a good idea to rinse it in clean water and allow it to dry before use.

TipKeep old pads, they'll come in handy for sizing walls.

Load paint pad

Fill the tray with paint and load the pad by rolling it backwards and forwards across the ridged roller.

Edging pad

Start off by doing the edges using a small pad or a special edging pad as shown. These are designed for painting right up to an internal angle and contain small wheels to guide the pad along the adjacent wall or ceiling. Make sure the wheels stay in contact with that surface.

Large pad

When the edges of the wall are done use a larger pad to do the rest of the wall. As normal start at a window and using vertical parallel strokes do about a 1 square metre at a time. Finish off by going back over the area and sweep over any marks. Make sure that the sole of the pad stays in contact with the wall. If you are using gloss paint finish off with vertical upward strokes.

Paint dries quickly and can harden on the pile, this can ruin the pad. As soon as you have finished using emulsion paints, rinse the pad in clean water rubbing lightly, to remove the paint from the pile. Remove solvent based paint by washing the pad in white spirit or brush cleaner and then in warm soapy water.

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