Paint RollersKnowing which paint roller to choose can save you time and improve the completed look of your next painting project. Picking the appropriate paint roller requires knowing the different types of paint rollers and the different naps that cover paint rollers. Whether you’re painting smooth trim or a rough ceiling, there is an appropriate roller that will have subtle differences from the rest.

Paint roller cages come in a variety of sizes. Mini or trim rollers are generally 3 inches wide for working in tight spaces. There are also 12 inches or even bigger sizes for large, uninterrupted spaces. The most common paint roller size is 9 inches wide. These 9-inch rollers are generally perfect for your average interior work.

Roller cages can be made out of both metal and other materials like cardboard. The cages made out of metal are much more robust and can stand up to repeated cleanings, allowing them to be used for many years.

Textured paint roller

A textured paint roller

Paint Roller Covers

The most important choice in a paint roller is the cover. Covers come in many nap lengths. Choosing the right nap length will ultimately affect the surface and texture of the final product. In general the longer the nap, the more paint it will hold. But the amount of paint a roller will hold is not the only consideration. Here are some general guidelines for nap sizes:

  • Foam rollers have no nap and should be used for completely smooth surfaces
  • 1/4-inch naps should be used for fine or smooth surfaces such as non-textured walls or ceilings, wood doors, and trim.
  • 3/8 inch-naps work well for lightly textured walls or ceilings.
  • 1/2-inch naps are best for medium-rough surfaces like textured plaster or concrete.
  • 3/4-inch naps are necessary for very rough surfaces such as highly textured walls, popcorn ceilings, very rough plaster, or very rough concrete.
  • Remember that 3/8 inch naps and 1/2 naps are general-purpose naps and will produce good results on most surfaces.

Always read the packaging of a roller cover to ensure that it is made to paint the surface you need it to. This can save you from too rough of a texture on a normally smooth surface.

In addition to the different nap lengths, there are also textured paint roller covers. These covers add a pattern to your painted surface. Using a textured paint roller is more difficult than using a standard roller. But the results can be beautiful with a little practice.

As with any painting project, you might be hesitant to do all of the work yourself. You may not have time, or you may want the results to be more professional looking than you think you are capable of. If that’s the case, please let Rhodes Custom Finishes Show you what a professional painting project can look like. Give us a call today at 636-385-6655.