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.
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