Know the Different
Paint Roller Cover Types

Selecting a roller is similar to selecting a brush and depends on the type of paint (latex or oil) and the surface you’re painting (smooth, rough or textured). You’ll also want to consider the size and, of course, the quality.

Density

Stipple (orange peel) is the pattern that the roller leaves on the surface. The amount of stipple depends on the roller’s fabric density, which can range from tightly woven fabric to loosely microfiber &  knitted fabric.

When production matters most

Knit fabric holds more paint and covers more area, leaving some stipple (orange peel).

 

When smooth finish matters most

Woven & Microfiber fabric helps reduce lint while providing an exceptional finish, with less stipple (orange peel).


For fast, beautiful results

Choose the combination of material and density
that will hold the most paint while still releasing it
evenly with minimal splattering over your surface.

Understand Nap Thickness


Nap is the thickness of the fibres on the roller cover, also known as “pile.”
The more texture your surface has, the thicker the nap should be.
 

  • 6 mm (1/4”)—For smooth surfaces like metal doors, trim and cabinet doors; works well with semi-gloss or gloss coatings

  • 10-13 mm (3/8 - 1/2”)—For smooth and semi-smooth surfaces like drywall, painted or unpainted walls and ceilings

  • 15-19 mm (5/8 - 3/4”)—For semi-rough surfaces like wood, stucco or a textured ceiling
     

Source Benjamin Moore

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How to Choose the Best Roller