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Roller Spattering

Posted on August 29th, 2016

Roller spattering occurs when a roller throws off small droplets of paint during application.
What Causes Roller Spattering?

  • Overloading the roller or overworking the paint once it is applied
  • Rolling too quickly
  • Using the incorrect roller nap
  • When an exterior paint is used on an interior surface
  • The use of low grade latex paint

How to Prevent Roller Spattering

  • Use higher-quality paints which are formulated to minimize spattering. Benjamin Moore’s Aura® is engineered to provide the ultimate in application as well as performance.
  • Using high quality rollers that have proper resiliency can further reduce spattering.  Our retail experts can help you find the right roller and nap for the product and substrate.
  • In some cases, high quality wall paint may be preferred for ceiling work, to ensure maximum spattering resistance.



Work in 3 foot square sections, applying the paint in a zigzag “M” or “W” pattern while filling in the pattern as the roller moves across the surface. This will also lessen the likelihood of spattering.

Lap Marks

Posted on August 1st, 2016

Lap Marks

Lap Marks are the appearance of a denser color or an increased gloss where wet and dry layers overlap during paint application.

Note: Image provided by The Paint Quality Institute


What Causes Lap Marks?

Failing to maintain a “wet edge” is the most common cause of lap marks.  Using “economy” paint or not priming a porous surface can also both lead to the formation of lap marks.



How to Prevent Lapping
When painting, make sure to maintain a wet edge by applying paint toward the unpainted area and then back into the just-painted surface. This technique (brushing or rolling from “wet to dry” rather than vice versa) will produce a smooth, uniform appearance.  It is also wise to work in manageably sized areas, and to plan for interruptions at a natural break, such as a window, door, or corner.  Using a top-quality acrylic latex paint makes it easier to avoid lapping problems.  If the substrate is very porous, you should apply a primer or sealer to prevent paint from drying too quickly and reducing wet-edge time. When working on exteriors consider Benjamin Moore’s extender to increase open time and finish coat quality.  It is made with 100% acrylic resin.

Types of Decking

Posted on July 26th, 2016

Finishing Decks: Types of Decking

It is important to understand the type of wood or material being used prior to coating, to ensure the correct product is applied for optimum durability.  Types of decking available in the market today include wood, composite, and plastic.


  • Wooden decks can be composed of soft or hardwoods. These two classifications are not based on the density of the wood, but rather the type of tree the wood comes from.


  • Soft woods come from conifers and trees with needle-like foliage. Types of soft woods include: cedar, redwood, or southern yellow pine (SYP).


  • Hardwoods come from broad-leaved trees which drop leaves. Examples include:  Ipe and Philippine mahogany (Maranti).


Out of the five woods mentioned, Ipe is the densest, followed by Maranti, SYP, cedar, and redwood being the least dense.  Lower density woods tend to be more accepting of coatings.


  • Composite deck boards are produced from wood by-products and plastic. Wood by-products can include fibers, sawdust, and shavings.  The plastic portion of composites can be virgin polyethylene of high (HDPE) or low density (LDPE) or recycled plastic.  Decking boards are available in variety of colors and can have a smooth or textured surface.  These materials will fade, change color, mildew, stain or scratch with exposure to the elements.  Some manufacturers have started to encapsulate the decking boards with a thin layer of PVC for better protection. These boards can be difficult to coat depending upon their density and age.


  • Plastic PVC or vinyl decking is similar to composite decking. They can fade, mildew, stain, scratch, and change color over time.  Like composites, these boards can be manufactured with a textured tinted surface for appearance and slip resistance.  PVC decking can also be difficult to coat.


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