Roller Covers Explained

Jack Pauhl suggests how to choose roller covers for various jobs. Heavily textured surfaces need the thickest nap while smooth surfaces work best with ¼” to ½” nap.

1/4 inch nap: smooth surfaces with little or no texture, such as flush metal or wood doors, six-panel doors, wood floors and columns. Also can be used to apply trim paint to large surface areas such as bookshelves, then smooth roller texture off with a brush

3/8 inch nap: smooth surfaces such as smooth Sheetrock or Drywall, wood floors, exterior wood siding, popular for satin, low sheen or eggshell paints

1/2 inch nap: most popular for rolling walls with little or light textures, smooth or slightly textured ceilings, popular for flat paints

3/4 inch nap: popular for rolling textured ceilings and light knocked-down surfaces

1 inch nap: use on brick, some lightly textured concrete poured walls, cinder blocks

1 ¼ inch nap: used for the roughest surfaces, concrete poured walls, block etc.

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