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How To Choose The Right Paint Roller

How To Choose The Right Paint Roller

Choosing the right paint roller for a job makes all the difference in the quality of the outcome. Familiarizing yourself with the different options is a great idea because a one-size-fits-all approach will leave you with less than satisfactory results. There are significant differences between nap rollers and foam rollers, and various quality levels for each. The type of latex paint you’re using also needs to be taken into consideration.  Gloss, semi-gloss and flat paint roll on differently, depending on the type of roller you’re using.

Choose a Good Quality Roller

Regardless of whether you use foam or nap rollers, don’t skimp on the quality.  For a few extra dollars, not only will your paint go on smoother and more evenly, but clean-up will be much easier as well.  While a cheap roller gets you out of the store with a less expensive bill, a high-quality roller helps you finish your paint job faster and with better results. A good quality roller will last longer as well, especially a nap roller. A high-quality roller cover will have a moisture-resistant plastic core. These cores don’t absorb the water in the paint so they hold their shape throughout the paint job.

Nap Rollers

On nap or fabric rollers, the nap stays attached to the plastic core better, meaning it won’t come loose leaving small clumps of fabric on your wall.  When using latex paint, look for nap covers with a high-quality synthetic nap.

Foam Rollers

There are quality differences between foam rollers as well. Foam rollers have a tendency to leave a cratered finish because of the air bubbles they leave behind.   So a denser, more expensive foam will work better than light, cheap foam. Foam roller covers work great with latex paints, as they are made for a thinner paint.  Foam rollers are also ideal for smooth surfaces. However, the uniform thickness of the foam means that they aren’t the best choice for rough surfaces. Foam rollers also absorb a lot of paint.  Because of these factors, they work well when painting a large smooth wall.

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