I am painting a stairway with a ceiling light shining down at the top of the stairs. The walls have been textured with mud and a loop roller. At the bottom of the steps there are windows and a glass door that reflect light on the upper section of the stairs. I used 2 coats of primer and also 2 coats of BM regal paint and a Wooster lambswool roller cover. The problem is that when looking upwards from the bottom of the stairs, I can see uneven places that look like roller marks. The landing and flat walls look perfect. I put a straight edge on the problem areas and they are straight. Is this the way stairwells are because of light reflection or is there something I can do? The paint color is a very light gray and the ceiling light has fairly dim bulbs.

  • Is your problem with the texture or the paint?
    – RMDman
    Commented Mar 14, 2023 at 21:19
  • Pictures would help. Commented Mar 14, 2023 at 21:35
  • Still unclear of what is the problem you dislike of the texture or the paint?
    – RMDman
    Commented Mar 15, 2023 at 1:15
  • If the wall is textured I can't imagine there would be paint streaks. How pronounced is the texture? There are paint sprayers, and I think one of them being used could resolve your issue, as opposed to rolling the paint.
    – aguertin
    Commented Mar 15, 2023 at 10:52
  • Are you sure it's not a shadow line?
    – isherwood
    Commented Mar 15, 2023 at 14:21

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If you are having trouble with lighting I would suggest covering the window and door and putting a work light somewhere on the stairwell close to the wall so you can make sure your lighting is even and you don’t miss any spots. I have problems with lighting sometimes and that always seems to help me especially on textured walls.


I understand the problem now. (Saw the same thing with light gray over orange peel with a 1/2" roller cover )

The 1/2" nap is too heavy for a texture like orange peel. I have seen the lines from the edge of the roller cover get pronounced at certain angles.

Roll another coat with a 3/"8 " cover.. you may be able to just roll the areas that have the noticeable lines.


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