Painting Tools and Techniques: The Basics
Paint with a mini roller: A good painter can work wonders with a brush, but for most of us a mini roller is a great alternative. You’ll find mini roller frames and sleeves at home centers and paint stores. There are many roller sleeves available, but for painting cabinets, mohair, microfiber or foam sleeves are good choices. Foam sleeves will leave the smoothest finish, but they don’t hold much paint, so you’ll be reloading frequently. Experiment on the inside of doors to see which sleeve works best with your paint.
Follow the wood grain: If you’re painting frame-and-panel doors, follow the direction of the wood grain with your finishing brushstrokes. The vertical stiles should receive the last brush strokes running from top to bottom.
Roll, then brush: If you’re old-school and still like to paint with a brush, you can speed things up by first applying the paint with a mini roller. Roll on the paint. Then drag paint brush bristles lightly over the surface to even out the coat and eliminate roller marks.