Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 23
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Neal Works, but with difficulty.
This roller didn't come with any instructions or guidance regarding how to use it or what kind of product to use it with. I used it with regular latex wall paint on a smooth wall, trying to get an orange peel texture.
I had to immerse it in the roller tray to saturate it with LOTS of paint, and roll it on really thick. Then I had to press kind of hard and keep going over it to deposit enough on the wall to completely cover the surface. Doing this initially produced the orange peel texture that I wanted. But as I moved along the wall, the thick wet paint started to sag. I had to keep retracing my steps, going back over it to repeatedly perk it up until the paint got dry enough to stiffen and hold its shape. Also there was the problem of getting into small spaces, like between the window molding and the adjacent wall. I'd need a 3" roller, but they don't seem to sell it in that size.
In the end I got the texture that I wanted, but used 2 to 3 times as much paint as it normally would have taken cover the area, and it was a lot of work.
If I was doing a couple of larger rooms it would have been better to rent a sprayer to apply texture first, then paint. But I was just redoing a small bathroom, about 150 square feet of wall, and I wanted an alternative to masking everything, renting a sprayer, setting it up, then having to clean it up and return it, just for that small space.
I'm intending to give this roller one more try on a future job, using drywall compound instead of paint, to see if it goes on easier and the texture holds its shape without sagging. If that works, it's way cheaper than fifteen to twenty bucks a can for spray, and way easier than renting a sprayer.
August 7, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Huey2121 Smaller Texture than Most Walls
Just finished my project with some helpful notes. The texture from this roller is very small and doesn't give you a "splattered" look. So if you are trying to match walls (like I did), you will not be successful. The texture comes off small with a pinpoint finish. It will probably take 4x the amount of time to roll vs. machine and requires a lot of rolling per 2x2 area. Once you get one wall completely covered, go back with a dry/thick nap roller to knock down the points to your liking. I was happy with the ease, but it was very time consuming.
January 25, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rusty I like this roller
We took out a section of drywall to install some new plumbing. After replacing the drywall section, I treated the cut line as if it were just a large crack. I used a putty knife and jammed a couple of layers of drywall mud into the crack. Sanded that down a bit then rolled a texture coat over the whole wall. Used some thinned mud and one of these rollers. Worked pretty good, and easy too.
September 19, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by CAZZ average
not as much texture as I expected - not bad if you know what to expect. perhaps a sample of the finish should be attached to product.
February 12, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by mpg777 Not for walls
This nap does not perform well on walls, the nap leaves material on walls. It was not tried for a ceiling to be fair.
December 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by KevinC Word great
I'm a professional painter. This roller worked great to match an existing heavy knockdown texture on a remodel job.
September 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by countryfan best roller cover
Works very well with flat or semi-gloss with very little splatter.
September 2, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Beachymom Nice simple texture
I did a laundry room, 12 x 8 and was painting new drywall. By the time I was almost finished is when I finally got the knack of doing the texture right....so practice first. Nice small texture, I love it. Make sure you paint the item/wall first with a regular roller and let dry ....then do the texture roller.
June 16, 2015