Choosing the Right Paint Roller for a Job


Choosing the right roller for a paint job makes all the difference. Not only will the right paint roller lead to a better, higher quality finish, it will also make the work (and clean-up) easier and quicker.

Paint rollers come in all sorts of various sizes, with a variety of different covers. In order to choose the right roller, you first need to consider the size of the roller you require, the type of paint you want to use, and the kind of surface you’ll be painting.



Size

Size is an essential element to consider when choosing a roller.

Sizes of rollers vary from 50cm to 100cm.

American and European rollers have a different style frame and so have different inner diameters. Therefore, it is important to know what style you're using before purchasing roller covers.




Covers


Some roller cover considerations: Rollers come in a variety of different materials. Synthetic fibers, such as nylon and acrylic, suit latex based paints and all surface textures, while natural fibers like mohair and lambs wool should be used with oil based paints. Foam rollers are best for porous surfaces, like wood. Nap length (or pile height) refers to the thickeness of the material on the roller cover. Generally, thicker roller naps suit rougher surfaces, while thinner naps suits smoother surfaces. The 3/8” (9mm) is a good general-purpose roller cover, for most surfaces.