So, you decide to paint a room in your home. Now, you’re standing in the aisles of the store staring at paint supplies. So much to think about: drop cloths, paint, brushes, trays, gloves, tape, and… rollers. Did you know there are different rollers for different jobs? Be sure to choose the correct one, so your paint job looks professional and you save time.
It’s pretty easy to determine which roller will help you rock the room:
Paint rollers come in various sizes and roller covers come in different coverings, each with a different purpose. You need to consider the size of the roller and the surface you are painting, when choosing a paint roller.
Roller cages (the skeletal frame that includes the handle and “ribs” that rotate) and their covers come in several lengths.
Rollers are available in mini to 12-inch (and bigger) sizes.
The mini (or trim) rollers are good for painting woodwork and other small areas.
To work on walls and ceilings, choose a 9-inch roller; the larger sizes are heavier and will make you tire more quickly.
There is a selection of nap lengths on covers and what they’re made of. Roller nap is made from natural or synthetic fibers. Nap is available in various lengths, so use the one recommended for the surface you’re painting. In general, the longer the nap, the more paint it will hold. Use the following as a general guideline.
- 1/4-inch nap for smooth or fine surfaces, such as new walls, ceilings, wood doors, and trim
- 3/8-inch nap for smooth to light-textured walls
- 1/2-inch nap for most walls and medium rough surfaces, such as textured plaster, and concrete
- 3/4-inch nap for rough surfaces, such as textured walls and ceilings, textured plaster, and concrete
- 3/8- or 1/2-inch nap is a good general-purpose roller cover.
I hope you found this helpful, and remember, you can always ask a salesperson for help. And, if you’re looking for more decorating ideas visit me on Pinterest. I also have a Facebook group: Ask Cheryl Phan for Q&A about DIY and painting tips. Hope to see you there.