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Choosing a roller

There are many things to consider before purchasing a paint roller. View this Powerpoint to let SREAL help you get ready to make the right choice.

   Choosing the Right Paint roller for the job
Paint rollers come in various sizes and roller covers come in different coverings, each with a different purpose in mind.
To choose right roller you need to consider the size of paint roller you want, the type of paint you want to use, and the kind of surface youll be painting.


   Roller Cover Considerations
Material: to match paint
Nap/ Pile height: to match surface
Style: to match roller frame ( American or European style)
   Material
Polyester, Nylon, Acrylic, Mohair, Lambs wool, Foam, Woven, Microfiber, Knit, Velour, Blended.


   Size and Style
Size    Width of roller is very important to best fit your job : 2 to 18 50-100cm
American and European Rollers have different style frame with different inner diameter sizes
American style Rollers have a 1 1/2  inch inner diameter to fit over the cage style frame and European style rollers have a 6mm or 8mm single wire frame that fits inside the roller cover. It is important to know which style frame you are using for purchasing future roller covers.


   Nap length/ Pile height


   Roller Cover Material
Synthetics: Most widely used category of paint roller fabrics. Made with a single fiber type or blend of fibers. Common materials are polyester, nylon, rayon, and acrylic. In general they can be used with water or oil based coatings but work best with water based.
Shearing: Wool that is still attached to it tanned skin, also called lambskin or sheepskin. It is the original paint roller fabric, naturally shed resistant with exceptional capacity and release. Best for oil based paint but also some of the most expensive roller fabric. Prolonged soaking can cause the cover to deteriorate. Ideal for use with semi-gloss and gloss sheens because they give you the smoothest finish. The only drawback to them is that they don't hold nearly as much paint as their knit counterparts.  So expect to be dipping into your roller pan often.
Mohair: Silky, Angora goat hair, always woven together with synthetic fibers. Creates a smooth, glass-like finish and resists matting. Expensive, but provides superior results on smooth surfaces.
50/50: High performance blend of lambs wool and polyester fibers. The wool provides maximum capacity and a smooth finish while the polyester helps the cover to resist matting.
Knit Covers - These covers work great when you're applying flat and satin/egg-shell finishes.  Knit covers are available in both wool and polyester fabrics, however, the pure wool and 50/50 wool-polyester blend covers will hold more paint and shed less.
Woven covers usually require more time and effort to roll vs. non-woven varieties because woven covers typically use with much shorter naps vs. non-woven roller covers.

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