Paint Roller 101

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With so many different types of paint rollers, it can sometimes be tricky to choose the right paint roller for a project. This is an essential part of the job if you’re going to achieve a quality finish and get the project done quickly for your clients.

Whether you’re working with interior emulsions like Armstead Trade Vinyl Matt, Armstead Trade Contract Matt and Armstead Trade Durable Matt or exterior paints like Armstead Trade Smooth Masonry, here’s a quick rundown of the best paint rollers for the job. 

How to select the best paint rollers

The first thing to consider, is the type of surface you’re tackling. Applying paint to flat and textured surfaces require different types of paint rollers.

Short pile roller vs long pile roller

A short pile roller is a better match for a flat surface when applying interior wall coatings. These rollers reduce the texture, so you get a smooth finish.

Choose a long pile roller when painting masonry, as most exterior surfaces are textured. These rollers are great at getting into all the nooks and crannies for better coverage.

Good to know
Got a new paint roller? Wash it before use and allow it to fully dry to prevent the fabric coming off as you paint.

Microfibre paint roller vs lambswool paint roller

Another thing which is important to consider is the type of fabric on the paint roller and the look you’re trying to achieve. A microfibre paint roller holds a lot of paint and delivers it to the surface with a finer texture. A lambswool paint roller holds loads of paint and creates a more textured finish.

Smart tips for cleaning paint rollers

In case you were looking for some advice on cleaning paint rollers, here’s a few pointers from our experts that could help you – and the environment.

  • Switch to water-based paints, you’ll find a plenty in the Armstead Trade range. Water-based paints can be easily cleaned with soapy water alone, plus they release fewer VOCs, so they’re far less hazardous when you need to dispose them.

  • Minimise water usage and waste by reusing your tools the next day. All you need to do is wrap your roller up in a bag and apply masking tape around the handle to keep the seal airtight.

  • Make sure you scrape any excess paint off your roller and back into the tin to save paint and reduce waste.

  • If you are using solvent-based paints, wear gloves and goggles to combat fumes. Never pour solvents down the sink, as the chemicals can contaminate water supplies. Also be sure to leave the sediment to dry before disposing of it at your nearest hazardous waste disposal service.

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