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Paint rollers are popular for many interior and exterior projects due to the speed of application and versatility they provide. Since most wall paints are formulated for roller application, you will be able to create a smooth finish faster using a paint roller.
To choose a quality paint roller, you should consider two features: roller cover material and roller nap length.
Paint roller covers (or sleeves) are made from three types of materials: lamb's wool and synthetic fabric, and foam. Roller construction determines use:
Wool, Foam or Fabric?
Lamb's Wool Covers
Are great for oil-based paints and all surface textures (smooth, semi-smooth, and rough).
Synthetic Fabric Covers
Are great for water-based paints and all surface textures (smooth, semi-rough, and rough).
Are great for oil or high-gloss latex paints and work well on smooth or textured surfaces
Roller Cover "Nap"
The roller cover material is known as the "nap". Covers are available in varying nap lengths to accommodate the textures of different surfaces. Nap lengths are usually described in the following manner:
|3/16" to 1/4"||
|3/8" to 1/2"||
|3/4" to 1"||
|1 1/4" to 1 1/2"||
Standard wall rollers, used in large open areas, are 7" to 12" wide. Specialized rollers (designed for painted round surfaces or corners) are generally 2" to 18" wide.
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