Don’t Roll Paint with a Tray – Use a Paint Bucket and Roller Grid Instead
A professional painter will always use a 5 gal paint bucket and bucket grid when rolling. This is much better than a paint roller and tray.
Paint roller bucket grids are used to rid the roller cover of excess paint, overloading of the cover. Use the same range of motion as with a roller tray.
Simply dip the roller in the paint and rake it across the grid in one direction, down, do this 2 or 3 times. Now you will have the right amount of paint for your chosen roller cover.
A 5-gallon plastic bucket can hold 2 or more gallons of paint and is more stable than a roller tray.
Roller grids are available in several sizes to fit most plastic buckets. These sizes correspond to the size of your roller frame.
- 4-inch grids are perfect for small 1 gallon cut-in buckets and small trim rollers.
- 6-inch grids work best in a 2-gallon plastic paint bucket.
- 9-inch grids are designed for 5-gallon buckets.
Paint roller buckets with built-in grids are also available. Typical bucket sizes are 4 gallon, for 9 inch or smaller rollers, and large 19-20 inch buckets for the large wide roller frames.
With a paint bucket and bucket grid you can apply more paint in less time and with less effort. Don’t kick the bucket, just get rid of the paint roller tray.