If you have the desire to make an affordable update to your home, painting is a great way to give your home a quick and appealing facelift. A good cutting-in brush, and a roller will make your painting project a much simpler task. Choosing the roller with the correct nap (thickness of the roller cover) will result in better coverage and a smoother finish.

I recommend always using a top-quality roller cover. The roller will carry more paint allowing you to more evenly cover the walls with less labor. It will also give a more even finished appearance.

Water-based Latex Paint Roller Materials
Choose a synthetic roller cover made from nylon, microfiber, or polyester. You can also use blended materials such as a wool/polyester blend cover. There are also foam roller covers that work quite well for a smooth finish if painting on a flat surface with little to no imperfections.

Oil Paint Roller Materials
Choose a natural material such as mohair or sheepskin. You can also use blended materials such as a wool/polyester blend cover.

Once you have chosen a quality roller cover, choose the correct nap or pile length for the type of surface you are painting. The general rule of thumb is:

  • Smooth surfaces – 1/8″ to 3/16″ – such as untextured plaster, smooth wood, wallboard, drywall and metal.
  • Medium surfaces – 3/8″ to 1/2″ – such as lightly textured plaster or wood, paneling or acoustical tile.
  • Rough surfaces – 3/4″ to 1 1/2″ – such as brick, concrete block, concrete, stucco, textured ceilings and wall and rough wood.

Ask our store associates for help to make sure that you choose the proper applicator.

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