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Painting Tools Buying Guide

The right paint applicator can make just about any paint job easier. Whether it's brushes, rollers, paint pads or sprayers, we'll help you figure out the best tools for your next paint project.



Rollers are available in two types:

Natural – made with mohair or lambswool; best with oil-based paints.
Synthetic – made with nylon, polyester, or a combination; best with water-based paints.
For latex paint, you should use synthetic materials only. For oil-based or alkyd paints, you can use either synthetic or natural material. As with brushes, it’s always a good idea to check the manufacturer's recommendations before purchasing.
Nap (or pile) is the length of the roller's painting surface. Lengths will vary from 1/16 inch to 1-1/2 inch. If you're painting a smooth surface, choose a short napped roller. For a rough surface such as masonry, use a longer nap. Rollers with textured surfaces are also available for special finishes.
Rollers come in widths from 4 to 18 inches. The metal frame for the roller cover comes in two types - birdcage and metal. The birdcage frame works better if you're using fast-drying paints, as it cleans up more easily than the solid-metal type. Most handles are made for attaching an extension.
Trim rollers come in varying shapes and sizes. Cone-shaped types work well in inside corners. Doughnut-style rollers are good for mouldings and other fine work.

When purchasing a roller:

Look for beveled edges on the roller for a smooth finish.
Check to make sure the roller has no visible seams.
Give it a squeeze - it should rebound to its original shape.

Roller Tips:

Moisten before use with water or thinner to prevent paint from drying on the roller.
Load the roller with paint from the slanted edge of the tray to prevent overloading.
Paint in the shape of the letter W. Start by moving the roller away from you. Without lifting the roller from the wall, fill in the open space.
Don't try to paint too quickly.
To clean a roller cover, roll it back and forth on newspaper. Remove paint with the proper thinner. If you're rinsing out solvent-based paint, wear rubber gloves. Let it dry before storing.
Disposable rollers are available. If you don't plan on repainting soon, you may want to use these to avoid cleanup (especially when using oil-based paint).
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