Are paint pads better than using a normal paint roller for walls and ceilings?

I am undergoing some redecoration of a bedroom at the moment. Recently we have replastered the walls and applied a first coat to the walls. Afterwards, we will be applying a second coat to the walls, then some minor repainting work on the ceiling afterwards.
I have been told that using paint pads can provide a more even finish and are less messy to use, than normal paint rollers.
Has anyone had any past experience of using both to compare?
An even coat is my main priority with this, so if I can manage this with less mess using the paint pads, I’ll be keen to try them out.

Asked by June on 19th Aug 2019
Expert Trade Answers
"Hi. I have used paint pads in the past,but not on ceilings and found them to be messy.
Best way to paint the ceiling is a good quality medium pile roller on a long pole and a soft brush to do the edges.
Don't use cheap white paint,trade paint can be purchased quite cheap from Toolstation or Screwfix l would recommend Leyland contract Matt for ceilings
Brian from sortit4u"
Answered on 19th Aug 2019 - Member since Aug 2019 - report
"Paint pads are the worst invention ever stick with a good roller"
Answered on 19th Apr 2021 - Member since Mar 2021 - report
"Hi, I've used the pads before and I don't think it provides a more even finish but I've never used it on the ceiling before. I think a good roller on a stick to roll the ceiling is better also a soft brush for the edges or the cutting."
Answered on 15th Sep 2019 - Member since Aug 2019 - report
"If you get yourself a decent roller it shouldn't be to messy, it also depends how watery the paint that you are using is as well."
Answered on 21st Nov 2019 - Member since Oct 2018 - report
"For me as a decorator paint pads are just a gimmick and the finish is not good"
Answered on 6th May 2020 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
A roller is best for the bathroom ceiling but if the ceiling or walls have a rough surface then I would recommend a painting pad and put on the paint using a half moon motion."
Answered on 24th Jan 2020 - Member since Mar 2019 - report
"No don’t use pads they are terrible. Use a brush and roller"
Answered on 6th May 2021 - Member since Apr 2021 - report
"I have to be honest and say paint pads are definitely not for me. Traditional roller finishing is by far the best way to apply an even coat throughout in my humble opinion. Of course, the quality, and type of roller is also important according to which type of paint you are using but that comes with experience. Paint pads are far more likely to administer uneven, messy finishes and I personally would never use them."
Answered on 14th Jan 2024 - Member since Jan 2024 - report
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