paint pads

How To Use Paint Pads

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If you’re looking to paint those tricky spots in your house, paint pads are a great option. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to paint your walls, ceilings, and get in those tight spots.

A traditional paint roller can get messy and paint pads provide a perfect alternative with a smooth and even finish. Not to mention, they’re cheap and easy to replace.

In this article, we’ll show you the perfect technique to use paint pads. Follow the steps outlined below, and you’ll be painting like a professional in no time.


Recommended Tools & Materials Checklist

Tool Checklist:

  • Paint Pads
  • Paint Pad Handle
  • Painters Tray

Material Checklist:

  • Canvas Drop Cloths
  • Painters Tape
  • Old Clothes
  • Gloves

How to Use Paint Pads

Prepare The Work Area

prepare work area

Prepare the area you are going to paint by putting canvas drop cloths down. Next, tape up all light fixtures, light switches, and wall plugs.

Cover any exposed furniture with drop cloths as well if you plan to paint the ceiling. Remember to wear old clothes that you are not afraid to get dirty.

Check out this article on How To Paint A Room With No Mess for more tips on painting preparation.

Prepare Your Tools & Materials

prepare tools

Assemble your paint pad and handle. Fill the painter’s tray with a generous amount of paint. Next, dip your paint pad into the paint tray and let it soak for about 4 seconds. Carefully remove the paint pad and begin to paint the wall.

Begin Painting

begin painting

Begin painting from the corner of a wall. Keep the paint pad and handle level directly in front of you while you paint. Move the paint pad up and down and try for a smooth and even finish throughout the wall. Spread the paint out as much as you can using long brush strokes.

Refill The Paint Pad Frequently

refill paint pad

Refill the paint pad frequently and wipe off any excess paint on the tray. This will allow for a nice blended finish as you continuously paint.

Use Caution Around Light Switches And Plugs 

caution around light switches

Paint pads are known for their ease of painting around tight corners. Make sure to get up nice and tight around the taped light switches and plugs.

Ensure Wall Corners Are Evenly Painted

ensure wall corners are evenly painted

Make sure that all corners are painted evenly and no spots are missed. Paint pads are designed to paint right up to the internal wall. Check out this link for help on painting wall corners.

Clean Up Time

clean up time

Pack up all the drop cloths making sure not to track paint throughout the house. Carefully peel off all painters tape on the light switches and wall plugs. Empty extra paint back into the paint bucket and rinse out all painting gear with a garden hose.


Final Thoughts

You now know how to property use paint pads like a professional. If you follow the instructions outlined above, you’ll be well on your way to having perfectly painted walls and ceilings. Using paint pads for your next project is a rewarding way that is sure to brighten up your home.

I hope you’re now confident enough to apply what you’ve learned from this tutorial.

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About the Author Dylan

Dylan Bair is a Building and Construction Industry Content Marketer and Copywriter. He is a builder by day and writer by night. When he is not working you can find him traveling the world, surfing, snowboarding and camping