How to Use a Paint Tray Appropriately: Tips for Efficient Painting

A paint tray is a vital tool for any painting project, providing a convenient reservoir for holding paint and facilitating smooth application with rollers or brushes. However, using a paint tray effectively requires proper technique to ensure efficient and professional results. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to use a paint tray appropriately and introduce ROLLINGDOG‘s Multifunction Tray, a versatile solution for your painting needs.

How to Use a Paint Tray Appropriately

Step 1: Prepare Your Work Area

Before using a paint tray, prepare your work area by laying down drop cloths or a protective covering to prevent paint spills or drips. Ensure adequate ventilation and remove any obstacles or hazards that may interfere with your painting process.

Step 2: Pour Paint into the Tray

Pour an appropriate amount of paint into the paint tray, filling the reservoir to a level that allows for easy loading of the roller or brush. Avoid overfilling the tray, as this can lead to spills or waste.

Step 3: Load the Roller or Brush

Dip the roller or brush into the paint, ensuring that the entire roller cover or bristles are evenly coated with paint. Use the tray’s built-in loading grid or ramp to remove excess paint and distribute it evenly across the roller or brush.

Step 4: Begin Painting

Start painting by applying the loaded roller or brush to the surface in smooth, even strokes. Use a consistent pressure and overlapping motion to ensure uniform coverage and minimize streaks or patches.

Step 5: Reload as Needed

Periodically reload the roller or brush with paint as needed, returning to the paint tray to replenish the supply. Use the loading grid or ramp to distribute the paint evenly each time, maintaining a consistent finish throughout the project.

Step 6: Clean Up

After completing your painting project, clean the paint tray thoroughly to remove any remaining paint. Rinse the tray with water and mild detergent, using a brush or sponge to scrub away stubborn stains or residue. Allow the tray to dry completely before storing it for future use.

Introducing ROLLINGDOG’s Multifunction Tray

Now that you understand how to use a paint tray appropriately, let’s introduce ROLLINGDOG’s Multifunction Tray, a versatile and innovative solution for your painting needs.

Features of ROLLINGDOG’s Multifunction Tray:

Deep Reservoir Tray: The Multifunction Tray features a deep reservoir that holds a generous amount of paint, minimizing the need for frequent refills and ensuring uninterrupted painting sessions.

Hangs Off Ladder Rung: The tray is designed to hang off a ladder rung, allowing you to paint safely and easily from a ladder without the need for additional support or balancing.

Lay It Down on Hooks: Alternatively, the tray can be laid down on hooks to use from the floor, providing flexibility and convenience for different painting scenarios.

Wavy Texture Loading Grid: The tray is equipped with a wavy texture loading grid that helps distribute paint evenly across the roller or brush. This innovative feature promotes smoother application and reduces the risk of drips or splatters.


Using a paint tray appropriately is essential for achieving professional results in your painting projects. Follow the tips outlined above to ensure efficient paint application and minimize waste or mess. ROLLINGDOG’s Multifunction Tray enhances your painting experience with its deep reservoir, ladder-hanging capability, floor-laying convenience, and wavy texture loading grid. Trust ROLLINGDOG to provide the versatile and reliable tools you need for all your painting endeavors.