Archive for the ‘rollers’ Category

Rolling, Frames & Covers

November 8, 2008


Selecting Roller Covers
Roller Covers Explained
Paint with a roller
Pan vs. Bucket Rolling
Trimming Roller Covers
End Cap Trick
Roller Cover Care
Not So Fabulous
Wooster Super Fab
Stop Hitting the Ceiling
Rolling Eggshell Paint
Cover Keeper
When Touch-ups go bad
Poor Mans Cover Keeper
Wooster Polar Bear
Rolling Techniques
Wooster Pro Classic Covers
Rolling Duration Home 
2007 Worst Product Nominee

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Wooster Super fab has super bevel!

November 5, 2008

Introducing the world’s first perfectly tapered cover!

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It’s about time!

After going through what seemed like forever for lousy bevels on the super fabs, it appears that Wooster Brush Co. pulled through on cleaning them up. What I like about this cut is that its beveled back much further than before. You may remember the article "Not so fabulous" back in April last year when I posted on the lousy bevels. I have to say I’m thrilled at the fact that I wont be spending so much time reshaping covers now with scissors.

Check them out next time you need covers.

Wooster PRO CLASSIC Covers

October 21, 2008

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This cover is unique, but its performance is nothing special.

When I first purchased one of these PRO CLASSIC 1/2" covers I didn’t see any difference between these and Wooster Super Fab covers besides the color. I wrote a nice review about the PRO CLASSIC covers awhile back and how similar they were to a Super Fab. Well it seems as with all good things they come to an end and this is no exception. Recently I purchased a 2 pak of these covers and I was shocked at the difference in quality from when I first used them years ago. I was able to reuse them over and over for months before but with the recently purchased covers I am lucky to get past the first job. No joke! The older ones used to be full and thick but these new ones are more like a 1/4" covers in comparison.

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I guess I’m amazed when products change they don’t call them something different because with this product, the cover is nothing even close to what it used to be. Thumbs down on this one Wooster! I wrote about how manufacturers do this all the time. It’s not right. I liked them when they first came out but the covers are no longer what they used to be. You can clearly see from the photo these covers are skinny for 1/2". What a shame. On a side-note: shedding is minimal and the wash easy.

Wooster Polar Bear

October 23, 2007

Wooster Polar Bear #R236

I hear mixed reactions to Wooster’s Polar Bear covers. The white plush fabric has decent paint pick up and release. This cover may be best used on non-smooth walls but the Polar Bear leaves a unique finish on smooth drywall especially when spreading eggshell paints. There is a disadvantage to this cover and that is, touching up a smooth wall that was rolled with the Polar Bear may not blend well. It is difficult to replicate the initial finish.

There is a bit of a learning curve to using the Polar Bear. It is best to apply paint as you would and work an area wet. When your cover runs dry, slightly roll the cover down the wall with little pressure to fluff the cover up. Once the cover is fluffed up, go back to the starting point and run the cover very lightly and swiftly down the wall to finish it off. If the cover goes limp or flat, you’re not doing it right. It’s likely you may be pressing too hard or ran the cover too dry.

Added time to the job may be required to work the finish to a nice faint stipple.

Poor mans cover keeper

October 23, 2007
Simple, cheap and effective! Wrapping your roller cover in a trash bag for overnight or 30 days later will save you time and headache. I use plastic when I exceed the number of PVC keepers I have. Plastic bags keep the cover wet for at least 30 days, just keep them out of direct sunlight.
I use a low tack masking tape for easy removal. If you know you are going to be in and out of a color, after you reopen the plastic bag, fold the bag in half (wet on wet) and reuse it when you’re done.

See also: Roller Cover Care

Cover Keeper

October 11, 2007

Time is money, unfortunately in this business there is no way around that. This little tip is just one of many things that reduce operating costs but also reduce time, the wasted kind. Cleaning an 18” roller cover takes time. It’s not financially feasible to pay someone to clean roller covers, so the option is to clean them yourself or toss them. I minimize the number of times I clean them.

In new construction, we first coat on a scheduled day and then we typically will not be back to that house for about a month sometimes less. It’s a waste of my time to clean roller covers when I know they will be needed later for second coat and even touchups after that.

This cover keeper made from PVC will keep roller covers wet until I need them for second coat. I simply put a piece of masking tape on the tube and mark the color and job name. The roller covers will stay in the tubes until the job is closed out and the homeowner’s house closes with the builder.

I used two 18” covers a total of seven times on the house I completed today but started 2 months ago. Think of all the time saved. I would have had to clean those covers 14 times.

See also: Roller Cover Care and Select Roller Covers

Stop hitting the ceiling

August 31, 2007

Here is a simple effective TIP for those with a handicap of ceiling tagging.

This tip has 3 nice benefits.
1) You wont hit the ceiling.
2) This trick allows you to roll tighter to a ceiling on those 16′ walls to minimize the area of cut when you hop up on a ladder.
3) The third advantage is speed. You can approach a ceiling with confidence and without hesitation. Tap the ceiling lightly and move on.

I have the paint stick taped in place to allow no more than 1 inch between the cover and the ceiling. Just another advantage of not rolling out of a bucket.

Not so Fabulous

April 27, 2007
Recently I read a thread on the House Painter Forum message board which dated back a little over a year ago discussing the decline in quality of brushes and roller covers which got me to thinking. I recall many times over the past year saying roller covers are not what they used to be.
Nap fibers (fuzzies) shedding on the wall was never an issue. I’ve been a loyal SuperFab user for many years but now I am questioning my loyalty. The roller covers in the photos were used only once and cleaned up and placed back in water. None of the covers shown dried out since first use. The photos were taken spun-out immediately after removing them from water. Take a look at the bevels on these covers. I’ve seen nicer covers at the Wooster Outlet store. I get the impression ICI feels these covers are good for painting.

A quick and easy fix for bad beveled edges is to use scissors to re-bevel the edge. Over time the bevels wear and reshaping is suggested.

Some people suggest wrapping masking tape around a new cover then pull the tape off. The idea is to remove loose fibers but what this does in fact is only loosen more fibers. My best suggestion is to wash the cover as you would prior to using it and spin it out. Even then, I would not recommend placing the first load on a highly visible area of a wall. Start by rolling somewhere low or behind a door where you can if needed, sand the fibers out and touchup a less conspicuous area.

I may be acting on a hunch but it seems as though the SuperFabs do not hold as much paint as they once did and they shed a little at first use but not near as bad as the UltraFabs which tend to continue to shed after several washes. I will dig up some previous tests I’ve performed on covers to help identify if this is true and post back here. Also worth mentioning is the beveling of these covers. Photo #1 is a cover I beveled with scissors.

Some of the photos with the worst bevel are ICI UltraFabs, made for ICI, these covers shed badly. The others with noticeably nicer bevels are SuperFabs and some photos are questionable as to which of the two they are.

I recall SuperFabs took longer to get loaded on the wall almost as if they resisted loading paint but once they were loaded they rolled and finished further.
UPDATE: I used two 18" SuperFabs in addition to the dozen 9’s and the 18" shed fibers badly when I cleaned the covers – wads of nap came off. Coming from a guy who probably purchased a few hundred of these 18" SuperFabs, something isn’t right here.

Roller Cover Care

April 24, 2007

Those of us who reuse covers and paint everyday of the week know that getting the most out of our covers is worthwhile. Some guys toss them after each use but a quality cover in my opinion works best after a few uses and to ensure the most usage from the cover it’s important to not let them dry out, EVER! That’s over fifty bucks sitting in that bucket.

Simply by cleaning and spinning them out then submerging the covers in a bucket of water will extend their life, especially white woven covers. Besides, it’s best to use a wet cover spun out before you load the cover. Loading the cover will be quicker and help later for cleanup.
See also: Poor Mans Cover Keeper

2007 Worst Product Nominee

April 23, 2007

Don’t toss out those rusty metal pans just yet. Wooster Brush came out with the R410 polypropylene 3 quart pan and I finally had the opportunity to try it out today. While I was excited to toss out my metal pans for a six pack of new polypans, my excitement was short lived, the R410 is downright lame.

First off let me say there is a need for a deep-well polypan, no doubt. I want a set to replace my metal pans. Currently I use the R404 with my Jumbo-Koters and love it, excellent combo. But, this R410 is crazy bad. The ramp is designed similar to the R404 but the problem is the ridiculous steep drop-off. Click the photo to see it up close. I had trouble loading the cover, it took forever to get one nice load. I am used to the gradual ramp on the R405. So my question is this, if the R405 is perhaps one of the hottest pans out there, why not just copy it in poly? Is that too hard?

Rolling out of the R410 reminded me of rolling out of a 5 gallon bucket with one extra feature, a ramp but the concept doesn’t work. Don’t believe me? Go try one. I wasted so much time today dickin’ around with this pan.

Keep an eye on this blog, I just might take a torch to it to see if it can be tweaked to work like the R405 that I am so fond of, the pan that saves me tons of time on the job, the pan that allows me to roll crazy fast.

Paint contractors know the importance of time and we target all aspects of the job to save a little, it all adds up. This video shows one of those examples of saving time. This is how you load a roller and it better not take more than 3 secs. Don’t blink!